Justice, Sovereignty, Resistance: Indians Take Back Robeson County
On the morning of February 1st, 1988, Eddie Hatcher and Timothy Jacobs, two Tuscarora Natives, held nineteen individuals hostage at The Robesonian, a newspaper office located in Robeson County, North Carolina. Unsolved murders and allegations of corruption within the sheriff’s office provoked the two men. Hatcher feared for his life, as he held evidence that allegedly tied the sheriff to the drug trade in Robeson County. They wanted to bring national attention to the racial injustices and widespread poverty in the community. Citizens of all races had joined forces to bring about change in previous years, but many American Indians--both Tuscarora and Lumbee--were frustrated with the lack of results from peaceful protests. Hatcher and Jacobs pursued political opposition through a violent act. Through photographs, newspapers, and artwork, this site explores the events leading up to the takeover of The Robesonian and the public response.