Officers

Danny Bell,  President

Danny Bell is Lumbee and Coharie.  He attended East Carolina Indian School and East Carolina College.  Danny then served for 31 years combined in the US Army and the 440th Army Band, NCARNG.  He worked for the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs for 14 years, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 27 years, where he maintained a focus on American Indian students, American Indian & Indigenous Studies, and engagement between UNC and N.C. Tribes and communities.  Danny served 8 years as a member of the NC State Advisory Council on Indian Education and served on the NC Archaeological Society.

Kerry D. Bird, Vice President

Kerry Bird is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of South Dakota and has Lumbee tribal heritage. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a former Development Officer at UNC Chapel Hill, a former President of the National Indian Education Association, served as the interim Executive Director for both Native Americans in Philanthropy and the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, and previously worked for the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs. Kerry lives in Raleigh.

Gwen Locklear, Treasurer

Gwen Locklear is an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Pembroke and currently serves as the Coordinator of the Wake County Indian Education Program. She served as a member of the State Advisory Council on Indian Education. She is a storyteller and has demonstrated her craft at the American Indian Heritage Celebration at the N.C. Museum of History. Gwen lives in Garner.

Clarice Dial, Secretary

Clarice Dial is an enrolled member of the Lumbee tribe. She is a graduate of Wake Technical Community College. She is currently employed by the N.C. Department of Transportation. She serves on the board of directors for the N.C. Indian Housing Authority and as an advisor for the N.C. Native American Youth Organization. Clarice lives in Holly Springs.