Meetup/UNC/American Indians in NC 2015

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The North Carolina Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host its third edit-a-thon on April 1, 2015. Join NCC staff, students in Lumbee history courses taught by Malinda Maynor Lowery and Mary Ann Jacobs, and the Student Chapter of the Society of American Archivists at UNC's School of Information and Library Science for an evening of social Wikipedia editing in Wilson Library.

UNC-CH Wilson Library

At the edit-a-thon, which is open to the public, we will create and improve Wikipedia articles about the history and culture of North Carolina's eight state-recognized American Indian tribes. All are invited, with no specialized knowledge of the subject Wikipedia editing experience needed. A brief workshop on the basics of Wikipedia editing will be offered at the start of the edit-a-thon. We will have library resources and a list of suggested topics on hand.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. Come when you can, stay as long as you would like.

  • Please arrive at 5:00 pm if you'd like to attend the Wikipedia basics workshop.

WHERE: Wilson Library, room 504, on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

WHO: Anyone!

  • Experienced or new Wikipedians (We will provide assistance with Wikipedia formatting and syntax.).
  • Amateur historians or research pros (We will have a selection of NCC resources and a mini reference desk available for your use. We can also pull additional materials from the Collection as needed.).
  • UNC faculty, staff, and students.

WHAT TO BRING: A laptop. We'll help you access the University's wireless network.


  • Enter Wilson Library through the main front entrance. Volunteers will be there to greet you.
  • There are several parking options within a few blocks of Wilson Library, including the Rams Head Parking Deck on Ridge Road and metered parking along South Road and Country Club Road. Please see the Department of Public Safety’s Map of Visitor and Metered Parking for a complete list of visitor parking on UNC’s campus.
  • For information about disability parking, see the Wilson Library website.

WILL THERE BE FOOD? Yes! We'll have pizza, a few salad options, and soft drinks for participants.

I'M ON THE FENCE ABOUT ATTENDING. WILL THERE BE ANY FREE STUFF? Yes! We'll have free posters featuring historic North Carolina images.

Participating Remotely[edit]

We'll be connecting via video to a site at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where students in the course The History and Culture of the Lumbee will be participating in the edit-a-thon.

There are ways for others to participate remotely as well! We'll be updating the topic list in real time, with editors signing next to articles they're working on, so anyone with a Wikipedia account can log on and do the same. We'll be available during the event for comments and questions on Twitter @NCCollection, and we'll be tweeting with the hashtag #wikiNC. You can also direct message us on Twitter with reference questions. We welcome remote participants, and hope these options will allow you to participate!

Suggested Topics[edit]

This list of suggested topics is populated by content primarily from the guide "Teaching About North Carolina American Indians," published by the K-12 teacher outreach organization LEARN NC. The guide consists of culturally appropriate, tribally-approved information on all eight state-recognized tribes.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

  • Virgil Ledford (distinguished Cherokee carver)
  • Cherokee Central School (elementary, middle, and high school with Cherokee language programs and the largest "green" building project in its region)


  • Coharie (update with accurate information and citations) 1_highwind_1
  • Little Coharie River (site where many Coharie people live)
  • Holly Grove (one of four settlements that comprise the contemporary Coharie community)
  • New Bethel (one of four settlements that comprise the contemporary Coharie community)
  • Shiloh (one of four settlements that comprise the contemporary Coharie community)
  • Antioch (one of four settlements that comprise the contemporary Coharie community)
  • East Carolina Indian School (high school in the Coharie community founded by and for Indians from various tribes in the region)
  • Keith Carter (illustrator and animator, creator of Orlok, the Vampire in 3D)
  • Chief Tom Carter (chief of the Coharie Indian Tribe from 1976 until his death in 1997)
  • Coharie Indian Tribe Cultural Pow Wow (annual celebration of Coharie culture and history)
  • Harnett County (improve demographic information by mentioning Coharie presence)
  • Clinton, NC (improve thoroughness by adding that it's the seat of Coharie government)


  • Haliwa Indian School (1957-1969, school built, maintained, and operated by the Haliwa-Saponi)
  • Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School (K-12 school currently in operation)
  • Halifax County (improve demographic information by mentioning Haliwa-Saponi presence)
  • Warren County (overhaul description of Haliwa-Saponi in demographic section)
  • Hollister, NC (improve demographic information by mentioning Haliwa-Saponi presence)
  • Mt. Bethel Indian Baptist Church (Warren County)
  • Senora Richardson Lynch (artist and educator, creator of "The Gift" brickwork mosaic at UNC-Chapel Hill)


  • UNC-Pembroke (Founded in 1887 as the first institution of higher learning run by and for Native Americans in the United States. Add information on UNC-Pembroke's founding, details/controversy around Braves nickname) picopeterson
  • Strike at the Wind (outdoor drama founded in 1974 that tells the story of Henry Berry Lowry)
  • Burnt Swamp Baptist Association (association of Lumbee churches in NC and Baltimore, MD)
  • Prospect United Methodist Church (largest American Indian Methodist congregation in the United States)
  • Town of Pembroke (town most centrally located in Lumbee territory)
  • Henry Berry Lowry (Reconstruction-era outlaw and hero, subject of many books, plays, films, and other writings)
  • the Lumbee tribe (government)
  • Lumbee Regional Development Association Qtatum (talk) 21:35, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Union Chapel (traditional American Indian community in Robeson County, near Pembroke)
  • Saddletree (traditional American Indian community in Robeson County, near Lumberton)
  • Wakulla (traditional American Indian community in Robeson County, near Maxton)
  • Elrod (traditional American Indian community in Robeson County, near Pembroke)
  • Prospect (traditional American Indian community in Robeson County, between Pembroke and Maxton)Atpittma (talk) 21:36, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Hawkeye (traditional American Indian community in Hoke County)
  • Shannon (town in Robeson County where many Lumbees live)
  • Fairmont (town in Robeson County where many Lumbees live, and closely associated with a traditional American Indian community called Fairgrove)
  • Shiloh Indian School
  • New Bethel Indian School
  • Seven County Indian School
  • East Carolina Indian School
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc.
  • Paul Green Chair Dunn Indian School Fund
  • Wide Awake Indian School
  • The last of the Lowries - Paul Green play Lahearn79 (talk) 22:28, 1 April 2015 (UTC) expanded Paul Green Lahearn79 (talk) 23:05, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • The Scuffletown Outlaws William N. Cox play [1]
  • Tom Oxendine (first American Indian naval pilot)
  • High Plains Indian School
  • Les Maxwell Indian School
  • Hawkeye Indian School MadelineShort (talk) 21:36, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Helen Maynor Scheirbeck (article needs citations)Lahearn79 (talk) 21:50, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Earl C. Lowry (Lumbee medical doctor and historian)
  • Willie French Lowery (Lumbee songwriter and musician, front man of the bands Plant and See and Lumbee)Lummom72 (talk) 21:33, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Governor Worth Locklear (Lumbee medical doctor)
  • Adolph L. Dial (Lumbee historian and educator, founder of the American Indian Studies department at UNC-Pembroke, community benefactor, influential in national Indian politics as a spokesperson for the Lumbees)
  • Nowhere Else on Earth (novel about Lumbee tribe in the Civil War and Reconstruction)


  • Pleasant Plains Church (church organized in 1851 by the ancestors of current Meherrin tribal members)
  • Pleasant Plains School (school built next to Pleasant Plains Church)
  • Meherrin Indian Tribe Pow-Wow (annual celebration of traditional arts, crafts, dancing, and singing)
  • Indian Removal Act (add presence of Meherrin in region in the 1830s and how Meherrin people fared in the wake of the Indian Removal Act)
  • Meherrin, Virginia (add link to Meherrin page)

Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation


  • Sappony (change name to correct spelling, update with accurate information and citations)Scornel (talk) 21:48, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • High Plains community (community straddling the Virginia/North Carolina border that is the homeland of the Sappony)
  • High Plains Indian School (school built by the Sappony in Person County in 1911)
  • Calvary Baptist Church, Person County, NC (church at the center of the Sappony community)
  • Sappony Homecomings (three-day community celebration -- add to Sappony page?)
  • Treaty of 1677 (expand)Reillybfinnegan (talk) 21:54, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  • Christie, Virginia (early Virginia town that was a center of Sappony life)

Waccamaw Siouan

Online Research Sources[edit]

Wikipedia Help[edit]

Other local edit-a-thons[edit]

This is one of several edit-a-thons happening in Chapel Hill and Durham in March and April 2015. If you're in the area, please consider participating in the following meet-ups as well!


Please add your name below if you are planning to attend.

  1. Sodapopinski7 (talk)
  2. LilacLens (talk)
  3. Frankcjones (talk) 21:10, 12 February 2015 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Lummom72
  5. Atomlattice (talk)
  6. Djembayz (talk) 11:44, 1 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Event Outcomes[edit]

We expanded the following articles:

... And research was conducted to create the following articles:

Thanks for a great edit-a-thon!