Former Lumbee Tribal Chair Jimmy Goins
PEMBROKE, NORTH CAROLINA — The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is mourning the loss of its former Tribal Chairman Jimmy Goins, who was passed away as the result of a single automobile accident on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Chairman Goins was 66.
Goins is being remembered as a true friend and charismatic leader among the Lumbee Tribe.
The news of Goins’ death came as shock to many across Robeson County and throughout the tribal territory. Goins was well known in the Prospect Community. His political ties stretch across the region and state.
Goins served as tribal chairman from 2004 to 2010.
Jimmy was a true advocate for the elders, youth and the veterans,” Brooks said. “He was instrumental in writing our first constitution and proudly served on the LSD Commission. This comes as real shock for the county and for the tribe. He loved his people with a deep sense of passion,” stated current Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks.
“This is truly a sad day for the Lumbee Tribe.”
Tribal Councilman Jonathan Locklear has been a long-time friend of the Goins’ family.
“Jimmy was a pillar in the community,” Locklear said. “He reached out and tried to help every individual that he came into contact with. He was a gentleman at heart. He was very enthusiastic and a true friend. He was a true leader within the community, the county and the surrounding counties.
“This is a tremendous loss for the entire tribe,” Locklear said.
Tammy Maynor, Director of Governmental Affairs, worked for Goins during his tenure as chairman.
“Jimmy was a charismatic chairman,” Maynor said. “When he became chairman, the tribe had very little by way of assets. Under Chairman Goins’s leadership, the tribe’s assets grew and he believed in creating jobs. In his second term as Chairman, his focus was the long-term growth of the tribe and began thinking of ways the tribe could become more self-sufficient.
“He believed in homeownership,” she said. “He believed that owning a home built wealth within the communities. His belief was if we built more homes, then that would be more money we could put back into the Homeownership Program. He was an advocate for new construction.”
The current Tribal Housing Complex on NC 711 was built under Goins’ Administration, according to Bosco Locklear, Housing Director.
Locklear and Goins were neighbors and long-time friends.
Locklear credits Goins for having the foresight to use Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and constructing the 50 rental, single family homes known as Arrow Point Acres.
“This was the first tax credit awarded to an American Indian tribe in North Carolina,” Locklear said. “It was also the first time single family homes were constructed using tax credits.”
Goins was also instrumental in starting the tribal Boys and Girls clubs that exists today. During his first terms in office, Goins established the Elder Services and Youth Services.
Before becoming chairman, Goins was a member of the Lumbee Self-Determination Commission from 1998 to 2000. He served on the Lumbee Tribal Council was chairman of the Federal Recognition Committee.
He was instrumental in drafting and finalizing the tribe’s constitution. As chairman, he led tribal efforts to move the Lumbee Recognition Bill through both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Goins testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in 2006.
“He will truly be missed,” Maynor said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”