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An Act to Provide for Separate Schools for Croatan Indians in Robeson County.

1885 Public Laws: Chapter 51

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1885 - Pages 92-94.

Whereas, the Indians now living in Robeson County claim to be descendants of a friendly tribe who once resided in eastern North Carolina on the Roanoke River, known as the Croatan Indians; therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That the said Indians and their descendants shall hereafter be designated and known as the Croatan Indians.

Sec. 2. That said Indians and their descendants shall have separate schools for their children, school committees of their own race and color, and shall be allowed to select teachers of their own choice, subject to the same rules and regulations as are applicable to all teachers in the general school law.

Sec. 3. It shall be the duty of the county board of education to see that this Act is carried into effect, and shall for that purpose have the census of all the children of said Indians and their descendants between the ages of six and twenty-one taken, and proceed to establish such suitable school districts as shall be necessary for their convenience, and take all such other and further steps as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying this Act into effect without delay.

Sec. 4. The treasurer and other proper authorities, whose duties it is to collect, keep and apportion the school fund, shall procure from the county board of education the number of children in said county between the ages of six and twenty-one, belonging to said Indian race, and shall set apart and keep separate their pro rata share of said school funds, which shall be paid out upon the same rules in every respect as are provided in general school law: Provided, that where any children, descendants of Indians as aforesaid, shall reside in any district in which there are no schools, as provided in this chapter, the same shall have the right to attend any of the public schools in said county provided for their race, and shall be allowed to draw their share of public school fund upon the certificate of the school committee in the district in which they reside, stating that they have thus removed and are entitled to attend public schools.

Sec. 5. The general school law shall be applicable in all respects to this chapter, where the same is not repugnant to or inconsistent with this Act. This Act shall only apply to Robeson County. All laws and clauses of laws in conflict with this Act are hereby repealed.

Sec. 6. That this Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 10th day of February, A.D. 1885.

Alfred M. Scales, Governor
Charles M. Stedman, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Thomas M. Holt, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office of Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 18th, 1885.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby certify
that the foregoing (manuscript) are true copies of the
original acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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