Tribal election for Scotland’s seat today

By: Staff report
Michael Chavis
Shelley Strickland
Victoria Henderson

PEMBROKE —Members of the Lumbee Tribe go to the polls today to elect seven people to the Tribal Council, including a representative from Scotland County.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The Scotland polling sites for District 12 are Lumbee Heritage Elders Court, 16220 Lumbee Heritage Lane in Laurinburg; Queheel Fire Department, 108 E. Rockingham Road in Maxton; and Evans Crossroad Fire Department, 3440 Elrod Road in Maxton.

District 12 encompasses Scotland County, Alfordsville and Maxton.

The candidates are Michael W. Chavis II, Victoria Henderson and incumbent Shelley Strickland.

Strickland, a retired law enforcement officer, served on the council for six years before being forced to vacate the seat for three years because the tribe’s constitution does not allow an elected official to serve more than two consecutive three-year terms. He is at the end of the three-year term he was elected to in November 2014.

Chavis is a trooper with the N.C. Highway Patrol and owns an electrical contracting company. He studied electrical engineering at N.C. State University and is a member of Gray Pond Baptist Church in Scotland County.

“I am a proactive member of the church and the community, honest and hard-working,” Chavis said. “I am trying to have a positive impact on my direct community and Native American family as a whole.”

Chavis is married to Ashley A. Chavis, a first-grade teacher at Union Chapel Elementary School.

Henderson is a 36-year-old resident of Wagram in Scotland County. She graduated from Scotland High School and attended The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she majored in Criminal Justice, and a received a master’s degree in School Administration. She teaches math at Spring Hill Middle School and is the club advisor for the newly formed Native American Student Association.

Henderson has been actively involved in tribal affairs since high school. Recently, she facilitated classes on quilting at the Southeastern Native American Museum at UNCP and for various church groups. She and her husband also have conducted pine-cone patchwork workshops for camps at UNCP.

“Having the opportunity to serve my people in this capacity is an honor, and I expect to make a difference if elected for not only the District 12 residents, but the tribe as a whole,” she said.

Henderson is married to Randy Henderson and they have five children.

Michael Chavis Chavis

Shelley Strickland Strickland

Victoria Henderson Henderson

Staff report