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WASHINGTON — The Lumbee Tribe, based in Pembroke, North Carolina, participated in the Presidential Inaugural Parade, the Native American Inaugural Ball at the National Museum of the American Indian last Friday, and the prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday.

They were there to representing Indian Country at the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump, who took the oath to become the 45th President of the United States last Friday at noon.

The invitation to participate came to the Lumbee Tribe by the Presidential Inaugural Committee at the suggestion of Carlyle Begay (Navajo) who is joining the Trump White House staff.

"We are honored to been asked to participate in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. This event allowed the Lumbee Tribe to showcase our culture on the national and international stage. Our Lumbee Culture Team represented us with pride and dignity," stated Lumbee Tribe Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr.

Kaya Littleturtle and John Oxendine.

The Lumbee Tribe were represented in the parade by the Lumbee Tribe Culture Team that consisted of Mr. Kaya Littleturtle, Mr. Reggie Brewer, and Mr. John Oxendine.  The team dressed in traditional attire and carried the Lumbee Tribal banner along with the eagle stick.

Native American Ball at the National Museum of the American Indian: Reggie Brewer, Christie Hagan (Lumbee Tribal Member), John Oxendine, and Kaya Littleturtle

The team was greeted by other Lumbees at the Native American Inaugural Ball who enjoyed the music of Lumbee musician and song bird, Ms. Charly Lowry, and her band, Dark Water Rising.

Lumbee Culture Team shown in front of musician Charly Lowry and Dark Water Rising: Reggie Brewer, John Oxendine, and Kaya Littleturtle

John Oxendine attended and represented the interfaith prayer service on Saturday at the Washington National Cathedral.

Culture Team with other Lumbees including Rob Jacobs, Patrick Strickland, Lydia Locklear, Christie Hagan, and Danielle McLean

 

 

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