• Bellefonte Area School Board of Directors Work Session

    Friday November 20, 2020 5PM

    Click HERE to watch a recording of the session.


    The Bellefonte Area School District Board of Directors held a board work session on Friday, November 20, 2020, at 5 p.m.  The purpose of the work session was to hear a presentation about appropriation and appreciation as it pertains to the Bellefonte Area School District.  As a work session, there was no votes taken and no opportunity for public comment. 

    The work session featured presentations from the following individuals.


    Francesca Lopez

    Understanding cultural appropriation and the harmful effects to our students and community

    Francesca Lopez, PhD is the Waterbury Chair in Equity Pedagogy in Penn State University's College of Education. Her research focuses on the ways educational settings promote achievement for marginalized youth and has been funded by the American Educational Research Association Grants Program, the Division 15 American Psychological Association Early Career Award, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Prior to joining Penn State in July 2020, she served as the Ernest W. McFarland distinguished professor in leadership for education policy and reform; founder and director of the Education Policy Center; and associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Arizona. 


    Andre Billeaudeaux

    Andre Billeaudeaux was an award-winning research student of Stanford Psychologist Dr. Phil Zimbardo. He is journal published on such topics as “Communications Inoculation”, National Identity and Race.   

    He is considered an "Expert" on the history and traditions of the Redskins - Redskin Warriors - by the State of Pennsylvania.  

    In 2019 he concluded an 18 month fellowship with the US Government where he cofounded the Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security “think tank” in Monterey Ca where he focused on issues and themes of PTSD recovery, school shootings, climate change and national unity - all as national priorities.   

    His research on Redskins & Redmen provided for the core arguments provided in the successful 1st Amendment Federal Court Amicus “REDSKINS” Brief (along with 4 Time Navajo President and Code Talker Peter MacDonald & others) in helping protect native culture based on a philosophy of “Educate not Eradicate”.  

    Similarly, he lead in the successful defense of Neshaminy REDSKINS in their recent “keep” decision of their name against their state’s Human Relations Council’s three year long investigation into the name.  In this instance he was both deposed and subject to public hearings where he diffused arguments from the state’s - and the “Not Your Mascot” leading experts on name change.    

    The goal of Educate not Eradicate is to propagate positive Native American education in schools, to include modification of imagery where necessary and to promote traditions among all culture groups as part of an education enhancement movement based on nation’s vision of E. Pluribus Unum or “From many we are one”. 

    He is, like a majority of Americans, part Native American and seeks to maintain the rich cultural history and traditions of Native America in the public; - especially at and within public schools which he believes should be “centers of excellence” in teaching and sharing the quickly disappearing history of the continent’s first people.


    Chief Red Hawk

    Chief Walter D. “Red Hawk” Brown, III is the elected Chief of The Cheroenhaka

    [Che-ro-en-ha-ka ] (Nottoway) Indian Tribe, Southampton County, Virginia. Chief “Red Hawk” Brown was born on his family's farm in Southampton County, Virginia. He grew up on his family's farm experiencing the age old "Traditions" and "Culture of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indians, by farming, raising hogs, fishing, hunting, trapping and curing hides to sell with his father.

    Chief Walt "Red Hawk" Brown proudly documents his genealogy (paper trail) to an ethno-historic "matrillineal line" of the 18th and 19th Century Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indians in Southampton County, Virginia. He is the 5th foster Great Grandson of Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe's Queen, Chief Edy (Edith) Turner (1754-1828), Who married William Green in 1819, both of whom was listed as Free Person of Color (FPC) on their marriage license. Queen Edy (Edith) Turner raised Chief Brown's 4th Great Grandmother, Mary "Polly" Woodson Turner, both whom are named on the 1808 Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe's Special Census conducted on the former land of the tribe's reservation in Southampton County, Virginia.

    Mary Turner married Parson Turner (Artist Town) and beget Patcy Turner (1816-1856). Patcy Turner is Chief Brown's 3rd Great Grandmother. Her death record of 1856 (Southampton County) list Mary Turner as her mother (FPC). Patcy Turner , married Anderson Artis (comon law wife) and beget Beady Artist , Chief Brown's 2nd Great Grandmother. Beady Artist-Brown married Archie Brown and they beget Eliza Brown-Artist, Chief Brown's Great Grandmother, and they beget Eliza Brown-Artist, Chief Brown's Great Grandmother, who beget John Walter David Brown Sr.,Chief Brown's Grandfather. John Walter David Brown married Ophelia Rogers and they beget Walter David "coon Hunter" Brown Jr., Chief Brown's father, who married Ruth Odell "Cooking Bird" Everett-Brown.

    He is a Southampton County elected official and currently serves on the Southampton County Board of Supervisors. In 2003, he became his party’s choice, he ran for Virginia State Senate, but lost. In 2004, He was elected as a 4th Congressional District Alternate Delegate to the Republican Nation Convention in New York. He attended as one of 30 Native American delegates.

    Chief Brown is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel, having served 28 years on active duty. He has held many commands and leadership positions in the United States and Overseas. He has served extensive tours of duty in Germany, Greece, Turkey, Korea, and Japan. He is also a Vietnam and Desert Strom Era Veteran. Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion and Disable Veterans (DAV). He also serves on the Executive Board for the STOP Program and the Executive Board of the Western Tidewater Senior Services Program. He is also a Baptist Minister and currently serves as Associate Pastor of Diamond Grove Baptist Church, Franklin, VA.

    His early education began in a one room country school house (Diamond Grove Elementary School in Southampton Conty VA- grades 1st through 6th, a school set aside for "People of Color". For the first six years of his early education Chief Brown had to walk the 1.5 mile stretch from his family's farm to school and back each day.

    He was a senior at Norfolk State University when drafted by the U. S. Army. While on active duty he attended the University of Maryland and the State University of N.Y., earning a Bachelor of Since (B.S.) Degree in Social Science in 1976. He also earned a Masters of Science (M.S.) Degree in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1983.

    Chief Brown is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College-Class #81; the US Army’s Race Relations Discussion Leaders Course, and the Department of Defense Project Management Course. He has taught Joint Operations at the National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Virginia, and also JROTC in the Wythe County Public School System having responsibility for three high schools. In 1999 and 2000, he served as Census 2000 Manager for all of Virginia’s Congressional District # 4 having responsibility for 7 cites and 11 counties.

    Chief Brown was elected Chief of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe, Southampton County, Virginia in 2002 and again in 2006. He has four children: Kisha “Red Fern” Brown-Richards; Chris “Two Wolves” Brown; Felicia “Moon Flower” Brown and David “Slow Turtle” Brown; Caroh Lauretta "Water Blossom" Holly.

    The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe Annual Pow Wow & Gathering is on the 4th weekend of July at the Southampton County Fairgrounds, Courtland, VA. It is a celebration of the “Green Corn Harvest” – Key-to-ok-ney (Harvest Time).