"Putting the pieces together to make a difference."
Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center has received a $955,784 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans to further develop the Center’s water and land programs over the next three years. The goal of the Sustainable Lifeways Project is to create and implement programs and services that: increase the social and economic health and development of American Indian people; and generate income through the use of the land and water based resources for agricultural, cultural, and ecological services and tourism. These funds and programs will benefit all of Hoke County and Southeastern North Carolina.
The three major project objectives are:
(1) to improve the physical health and social wellness of 25% (1,050) American Indian people in Hoke County through programs and services that provide physical exercise opportunities and healthy, organic food that is cooperatively grown and harvested on the model farm;
(2) to develop and implement income generating services and programs of the HICC through agricultural, cultural and ecological tourism projects that will generate $40,000 in Year 3, providing sustainable income for HICC and support for new business development in the Native American community; and
(3) to initiate culturally-based education, preservation, and promotion programs that will engage 50% (2,010) American Indian people in Hoke County through : (a) the planting, harvesting and use of medicinal plants; and (b) participation in festivals, pow-wows and other culturally-based social events.
With the successful implementation of this project, HICC anticipates a minimum of five solid partnerships, a thriving, organic two-acre farm producing 18,000 lbs of food per growing season and a deeper relationship with the community. To learn more and to participate in this or any of our programs please contact us.
Our goal with the TAPS Program is to enhance and enrich the knowledge of 30 Native American youth in Hoke County about the diverse traditions of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and six other State recognized tribes. Local visual and performing artists are available to teach youth and community members a variety of arts and crafts and Pow Wow etiquette on drumming, singing and dance styles.
In addition to cultural awareness classes, tribal youth will begin to document the history of the tribe by learning new technology and recording individual Tribal Elder stories. They will also document intergenerational activities concerning ecotourism and the medicinal herb garden including some of the health benefits from the herbs. This project will intertwine with the Hawkeye Sustainable Lifeways Project (insert link when page is created).
Planning for Native American Cultural Classes will begin in July 2013. Class topics will include dancing and drumming, beading, pottery and regalia making, Oral histories of our Tribal Elders and sustenance. All class schedules will be posted in July 2013. Tentative schedule will be Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Hawkeye Boys and Girls Club located at 3066 Blue Springs Road, Red Springs, North Carolina 28377. For more information and to register to participate, please contact Selena Locklear, Deputy Director at 910-843-9484.
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust contributed $165,000 toward the 2010 Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative. There are two specific strategies developed for this project including creating a network of support with providers who are impacting obesity and supporting 1,000 community members to change behaviors that put their children at risk for obesity.
The first area of focus for this project is creating a network of service providers and interested community members who will work with in our county to address the issue of childhood obesity prevention. Our goal is to have 10 strong, committed partners who have taken action to strengthen opportunities to address childhood obesity in Hoke County, according to the Active Living By Design Principles.
The approach is based on the nine Active Living Guiding Principles:
- Physical activity is a behavior that can favorably improve health and quality of life.
- Everyone, regardless of age, gender, language, ethnicity, economic status or ability, should have safe, convenient and affordable choices for physical activity.
- Places should be designed to provide a variety of opportunities for physical activity and should accommodate a wide range of individual preferences and abilities.
- Development patterns should encourage mixed uses, compact design, and a variety of transportation choices.
- Buildings should be designed and oriented to promote opportunities for active living, especially active transportation.
- Transportation systems, including transit, should provide safe, convenient and affordable access to housing, worksites, schools and community services.
- Parks and green space, including trails, should be safe, accessible and part of a transportation network that connects destinations of interest, such as housing, worksites, schools, community services and other places with high population density.
- Municipalities and other governing bodies should plan for ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration, promotion of facilities, behavioral supports, policies that institutionalize the vision of active living, and routine maintenance that ensures continued safety, quality and attractiveness of the physical infrastructure.
- Community governing and planning processes should address the multiple impacts of the built environment and transportation choices on residents' ability to be physically active.
Active Living by design has been working with 25 projects nation wide. Results have not been published but as a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest financial investor in issues related to childhood obesity, there is a level of unparalleled credibility with the model.
Our second goal is to engage 1,000 people over 3 years in one or more aspects of our program. Any person who gets a health screening, participates in an exercise program, takes materials from a daycare center on improving nutrition in their home, helps with the community garden, attends a training on cultural traditions in growing food or attends a faith event involving messages of faith and health will be considered a participant.
We hope to learn what range of strategies is needed to improve the health of residents of Hoke County and specifically address the issue of childhood obesity prevention. We want to learn as an organization how to create a network of agencies and individuals who will contribute to the ideas and strategies needed to help reduce obesity in our community.
If you would like to participate in any of our initiatives, please contact us.
Larry Chavis, ANA Project Director
Selena Locklear, ANA Deputy Director
Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center, Inc.
5710 Red Springs Road
Red Springs, NC 28377
Phone: (910) 843-9484
Fax: (910) 843-1635