SACIE Council Members This Council is composed of fifteen members: Two legislative members (one senator appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and one representative appointed by the Speaker of the House) Two Indian members from higher education (one appointed by the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina and one appointed by the State Board of Community Colleges) One Indian member from the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs to be appointed by the Commission Five Indian parents of students enrolled in K-12 public schools, including charter schools Five Indian educators from public elementary/secondary schools to be appointed by the SBE from a list of recommendations submitted by the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs Indian members of the Council shall be broadly representative of North Carolina Indian tribes and organizations, specifically, the Eastern Band of Cherokee, Lumbee, Coharie, Waccamaw-Siouan, Haliwa Saponi, Meherrin, Person County Indians, Cumberland County Association for Indian People, the Guilford Native American Association, the Metrolina Native American Association, and any other Indian tribe graining State recognition in the future. For more information on SACIE appointments and terms, refer to NC General Statutes Chapter 115C, Article 13A. State Advisory Council on Indian Education 2020-2021 Membership Roster Frank James Cooper Frank J. Cooper lives in Hoke County, North Carolina with his wife of thirty-two year. They have six children and eight grandchildren. Frank is a proud alumni of the North Carolina University at Pembroke, where he earned both a Bachelor's degree with a double major in American Indian Studies and History and a Master's degree in Teaching. Since 2008, Frank has been teaching both Amerian Indian Studies and History at Hoke County High School. He serves on the Hoke County Indian Education Parent Committee as the Vice Chair, an advisor for the Native American Student Association, both speaker and chaperone at the Native American Youth Organization (since 2009), and as District 11 Tribal Councilman chairing the Education and Culture Committee for the last five years. The Honorable Jim Davis Senator Jim Davis represents seven counties in Western North Carolina (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain). His district includes the Qualla Boundary, home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee. In addition to his public service, Senator Davis is a practicing orthodontist. He is married to Judy Salyers Davis, his wife of 42 years. They have two sons and 2 granddaughters. The Honorable Charles Graham The Honorable Charles Graham is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He represents District 47 in Robeson County, home to the Lumbee Tribe of which he is an enrolled member. He is currently the only American Indian in the North Carolina General Assembly. Representative Graham is very involved with charities dedicated to serving children with mental illness and attention deficit disorders. In addition, he is affiliated with several professional associations for people of American Indian Ancestry and belongs to the National Museum of the American Indian. In 1998, he founded Companion Home Care/UniMed, a healthcare provider, where he serves as the company’s president. Connie Harland Biography information forthcoming. Margo Reynolds Howard Margo Reynolds Howard serves her native community, as a Council Woman of the Meherrin Indian Tribe being elected every four years since 2007. Margo has three daughters, Brianna attends East Carolina University, Sarah attends C.S. Brown STEM High School and Sophia attends Hertford County Early College. Margo was born and raised in her native community and attended Martin Community College where she obtained her Physical Therapist Assistant degree. She joined the Army National Guard to help with the cost of college, serving three terms, 12 years as a Combat Medic. Margo owns jointly with her husband of 20 years Daryl Tracy Howard, a real estate company Howard & Howard Realty. Margo has served previously two terms on the NC SACIE and the last three years of her term as Chairperson Assistant. Margo values education and believes parents being able to connect with the teachers, staff, communities, and students are the keys to making a difference in our progression with education. Rodney A. Jackson Rodney is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe and he is also the father of two awesome children. In addition, He has been an educator for over 25 years. Rodney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Teaching Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Physical Education. He began his carrer as a Physical Education teacher in Scotland County and later became an Assistant Principal for Cumberland County Schools after receiving a Master's Degree in School Administration. Rodney received both his Bachelor's and Master's from the Universtity of North Carolina at Pembroke. Reah Jacobs Reah Jacobs is an active member of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe residing in the community of Buckhead, North Carolina. She is currently employed as an Earth/Environmental Science teacher at East Columbus High School in Lake Waccamaw. In addition, she serves as a volunteer state certified EMT with the Buckhead Fire and Rescue Department and serves as Chairperson for the tribal pow wow committee. Reah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and the proud mother of a teenage son. Kamiyo Lanning Kamiyo Lanning is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a mother of two fabulous boys, and a proud wife to Mack Lanning. One of her sons attends North Carolina Public Schools and the other attends Cherokee Central Schools. She graduated from AB Tech Community College with her Associates in Arts and from Western Carolina University with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Law. She has served two previous terms for the North Carolina State Advisory Council on Indian Education and served three of those years as Chairperson. She has three years of education experience as an Instructional Assistant in both Kindergarten and First Grade. In addition, she currently serves her community as the Recreation Manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Melissa Lee Melissa Lee is full-blooded Navajo (Clan: Many Hogans, Hooghan lani) from Arizona. She is president of the Wake County Indian Education Parent Committee and involved in the High School Choral Booster and Fundraising Chair. Melissa is a role model for her children. Alicia Leyva Alicia Leyva is a member of the Coharie Tribe. She currently works with Clinton City Schools as the Indian Education Coordinator. She received her associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Sampson Community College and is an advisor for the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization. She resides in Clinton, North Carolina with her four children; Isabelle, Elisabeth, Victorya, and Eric. Dr. Tiffany Locklear Dr. Tiffany Locklear is a member of the Lumbee Nation and resident of the Prospect Community. She is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Program of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As an educator and former administrator, she is committed to supporting and inspiring students teaching in the graduate and undergraduate programs and supervising elementary education interns. She has served as a mentor for the First Americans’ Educational Leadership Grant Program in which she supported aspiring American Indian administrators in an effort to increase the number of highly effective American Indian administrators and improve educational outcomes for American Indian students in North Carolina. Dr. Locklear also currently serves on the State Advisory Council for Indian Education and the leadership team of Unlocking Silent Histories for the Lumbee Community. Dr. Locklear is a Gate’s Millennium Scholar. Research interests include new ways of teaching and learning, decolonizing methods of culture and learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Dr. LaRonda Lowery Dr. Lowery is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and has been in education for over 20 years. She began her teaching career as a high school mathematics teacher with the Public Schools of Robeson County and then transitioned to the community college. Dr. Lowery is currently the Assistant Vice President for University Transfer and Health Sciences at Robeson Community College. Over the past several years she has worked with the North Carolina Community College System in redesigning developmental education. Currently, Dr. Lowery is the RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence) Coordinator for the Central Region and assists colleges as they transition from a pre-requisite model of remediation to a co-requisite model. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Lowery and her husband, Master Sergeant Jamie Lowery, reside in Pembroke, NC with their son and daughter. Her son attends the Public Schools of Robeson County. Dr. Olivia Oxendine Dr. Olivia Oxendine has an extensive record in public education teaching reading, social studies, and English in three states; directing curricular programs at the central office level; serving as a school administrator in elementary and middle grades; and directing state-level programs in dropout prevention, the NC DARE program, school nursing, and school social work. In South Carolina and North Carolina, she has served on numerous committees established to improve K-12 writing instruction. Dr. Oxendine holds degrees from UNC Pembroke, Appalachian State University, and UNC Greensboro. While working at the Department of Public Instruction in the late nineties, Dr. 0xendine completed two school reform institutes on the campuses of Stanford University and the Yale Child Study Center. Her leadership in and advocacy for school-family-community engagement in public schools earned her a special citation signed by the author. visionary, and child psychiatrist Dr. James P. Comer, Director of the School Development Program at the Yale Child Study Center. Dr. Oxendine's special research in school segregation from teachers' perspectives has been presented to many audiences at the state and national levels, including oral historians at the National Museum of the American Indian-Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Dr. Oxendine teaches school leadership courses at the University of North Carolina Pembroke. Will Paul Will Paul has worked in the field of education for over 18 years in the areas of special and regular education across all grade levels and currently works as the Behavior Liaison and PBIS Coordinator for Granville County Public Schools. He is currently serving his second four-year term as a member of the Sappony Tribal Council. Paul has also served as a Core Sappony Youth Camp Committee Member for the past 16 years. Angelia Richardson Angela Richardson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. She is currently employed by the Halifax County School District where she has 30 years of service. Angela is a National Board-Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and is a member of local, state, and national organizations. Early in her career, Ms. Richardson worked as an Indian Education program coordinator for many years. During that time, she developed and taught American Indian studies curriculum for grades K-5 and coordinated cultural activities for American Indian students across all grade levels. Currently, she teaches middle school Computer Skills, Office Productivity, and Exploring Business Activities. Ms. Richardson has two children, one of whom has joined the workforce; the other is a student at Nash Community College. Dorothy Stewart Yates Dorothy Stewart Yates is a retired educator of 35 years in the Person County Schools. Mrs. Yates serves as the Chairperson of the Sappony Tribe and resides in Roxboro, NC. She is also the Sappony representative on the NC Commission of Indian Affairs where she serves as Chairperson of the Education Committee. Mrs. Yates served as the Coordinator of the Title VI Indian Education Program in Person County for many years.