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Lumbee Tribe Holdings, Inc becomes major sponsor of AISES conference at RCC

The upcoming AISES Conference is gaining steam after adding a major sponsor to the lineup.

Lumbee Tribe Holdings, Inc. has been added as an “Eagle” sponsor, which equates to a $5,000 commitment from the organization.

“The Board of Directors wanted to support bringing the AISES Conference to the region because they felt it was important to continue the partnership that was established with RCC,” CEO Joshua Malcolm said. “LTH has been an active participant in the ApprenticeshipNC Program with RCC, having hired three students and potentially looking to add more. The Board believes that by developing local talent and exposing them to opportunities like the AISES Conference, students will gain lasting knowledge, relationships and experiences that will help them during their college career and beyond.”

Lumbee Tribe Holdings, Inc. is a holding company with multiple subsidiaries that service diverse federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State and others.

“As we continue to build our companies, the Board believes it is important to hire the best talent from our region,” Malcolm stated. “We believe there is no better way to ensure individuals are getting the training and experience needed for today’s workforce than by supporting local entities who are creating career paths with an immediate impact.”

According to Malcolm, the Lumbee Tribe Holdings Board felt this conference allows the organization the opportunity to connect with students from across the Southeast Region, and will act as a resource to recruit new talent to further the scope, mission, and vision of the company.

“When we learned about this event, we knew that we wanted to be a part of it,” Malcolm said. “We are owned by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and this was the right time to support a local entity and give local youth an opportunity to be a part of this major conference at Robeson Community College for American Indian students in STEM.”

“We are so excited that Lumbee Tribe Holdings, Inc. has agreed to partner with AISES and Robeson Community College as an Eagle Sponsor, as we host members of AISES from 12 states and the District of Columbia,” RCC President Melissa Singler said. “This conference will showcase our campus, our region, and our state and be a platform for Robeson County and the Lumbee Tribe to tell its story about the Indigenous culture of the Southeast, while also exposing Indigenous students to careers and opportunities in STEM.”

AISES, short for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, has also added many other sponsors at various levels for the Region 7 conference, which will be held April 21 and April 22.

Other sponsors of the event include Emerging Technology Institute, Cummings Aerospace, Rudy Locklear – Tribal Council, M&R Electric, Dr. Kenneth L. Bowen, Jarrod Lowery, Sheriff Burnis Wilkins, Faline Dial – County Commissioner, Lumbee River EMC, Northeastern-Khoury College of Computer Science, Patterson’s Steak and Grill, Lumbee Regional Development Association (LRDA), and Judy Sampson, County Commissioner.

“We appreciate everyone who is helping to make the AISES conference a success,” stated Singler. “Every gift counts. We appreciate the sponsors of AISES who see the importance and significance of this event upon our community and the future of Indigenous leaders in STEM.”

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the event, please contact Dr. Kenneth Bowen at 910-280-4409 or You may also contact Scottie Locklear at 910-272-3387 or

The Regional 7 conference is open to all students and professionals who have an interest in AISES and STEM. Those attending do not have to be a member of AISES. The registration cost is $10 for students and $20 for professionals. To register, please visit and click on the “Register Here” button at the bottom of the page.