Governor McCrory Appoints Mr. Furnie Lambert as Chairman of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs

Mr. Furnie LambertMr. Furnie Lambert, a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was appointed Chairman of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs by Governor Pat McCrory during the quarterly meeting of the Commission on June 3 in Raleigh. The Honorable Associate Justice Barbara A. Jackson conducted the swearing-in ceremony and the Governor’s representative, Mr. Charles Duckett, presented Mr. Lambert with a Certificate of Appointment on behalf of Governor McCrory.  Mr. Lambert is the ninth person to hold that position since the Commission’s establishment in 1972.

Mr. Lambert has served as a member on the Commission since 2004 where he represents the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and serves as Chairman on both the Veterans and Indian Land Trust Sub-Committees. Mr. Lambert has represented North Carolina American Indians at the federal level in his appointment to the National Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. This Committee advises the Secretary of Veteran Administration and Congress on USVA’s administration of benefits and services.

On the local level, Mr. Lambert has served on the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina’s Tribal Council where he leads the Lumbee Warriors Association and has posted colors for numerous meetings, events and conferences. His non-profit engagement includes serving on the Lumbee Regional Development Association’s Community Development Cooperation, the local American Legion Post, the local VFW, and the local Disabled American Veterans organization.

Mr. Lambert retired from the US Marine Corps after 28 years of service with a rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. Mr. Lambert lives with his wife Elaine in Maxton, North Carolina, and has one son and three grandchildren.  Mr. Lambert succeeds Mrs. Ruth Revels, who passed away on March 14, 2016.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Furnie Lambert as the new Chairman of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs.