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Native American Conference

June 28-30, 2019


Theme: “Our Journey: Who we are, where we've been and where we're going”

About the Conference

Challenge yourself to participate in a Spiritual Walk around the lake. Learn about substance abuse, historical trauma and health issues. Participate in the talent show and ice cream social. Come to Lake Junaluska ready to renew yourself!

Robin Gary Cummings as keynote speaker at the Native American Conference at Lake Junaluska

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Robin Gary Cummings

Robin Gary Cummings, M.D., took office as the sixth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in July 2015 after being elected by the Board of Governors of the 17-campus University of North Carolina. A native of Pembroke and a member of the Lumbee Tribe, Chancellor Cummings earned his undergraduate degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a James M. Johnston Scholar and founding member of the Carolina Indian Circle. He then attended Duke University Medical School as a UNC Board of Governors Medical Scholar and Henry J. Kaiser Merit Scholar, earning the Sandoz Award for Basic Science Research and the National Library of Science Award. After receiving his medical degree in 1983, he interned in surgery and completed residencies in surgery and cardiac surgery at Duke University Medical Center. Chancellor Cummings is married to Rebecca Godwin Cummings, a Pinehurst realtor and fellow Pembroke native. They have four children: Amy, a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate practicing pediatric dentistry in Chapel Hill; Mark, an inaugural pediatric dentistry resident at East Carolina University; David, a UNC-Chapel Hill business graduate working as an investment analyst in Charlotte; and Adam, a dental student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

David Shane Lowry will speak during the Native American Conference at Lake Junaluska

Bible Study Leader: Dr. David Shane Lowry

David Shane Lowry is the great-great-great grandchild of Henry Berry Lowrie. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his Master’s of Arts & PhD from UNC- Chapel Hill. His scholarship focuses on race and healing. His graduate research took place between 2009 and 2012 when he spent hundreds of hours with missionaries, healthcare providers, and social justice advocates from the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. David is writing two books. One book is a study of Michael Jordan (the basketball player), and the other book is a story of how the Lumbee Tribe became a hub for healing in America. He is currently part of an interdisciplinary research team funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and North Carolina Sea Grant to study the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in the Lumbee homeland.

Rev. Daniel Tubby will speak during the Native American Summer Conference

Closing Worship Speaker: Rev. Daniel Tubby

Greetings from the Great State of Mississippi, home of the Choctaws! The Reverend Daniel Tubby is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and is married to Sybil (Bell) Tubby.  They currently live near Pearl River community in Philadelphia, Mississippi.  Pastor Tubby attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas in 1977 and continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi  at Hattiesburg in 1982.

Currently, he works at the Choctaw Health Center in the department of Behavioral Health as a certified Alcohol and Drugs case manager and is a member of the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAPP). Pastor Tubby is a part time local pastor and assumes pastoral duties at three Choctaw churches at Green Hill, John Memorial, and Great Spirit UMC. Presently, he is the only  Choctaw clergy in the Mississippi Annual Conference. According to Daniel, he says, " My grandfather the late Reverend Simpson Tubby was the only ordained United Methodist clergy during his time, and I assume he prayed hard and long enough for one of his  grandsons (me) to follow his footsteps."

For the past twenty years- Pastor Tubby has thoroughly enjoyed bringing the Great Spirit Children's choir and adult leaders to the Annual Native American Summer Conference and will continue to support the outstanding work that SEJANAM is  doing in promoting and strengthening the Native American Ministries throughout the southeastern states.


Lodging and meal packages will be available soon. Call 800-222-4930 or contact with any questions.

Registration Questions:
Natalie Hawkins, Registrar

Lodging and Meal Questions:

Program Questions:
Connie Locklear