Pearlene McGhee

Tribal Member

Pearlene and her twin sister Earlene were greatly influenced by the doings of their parents—taking in children and adults in times of need, and striving for a better life. Their father never gave up on the right for Indian children to have an education. The three-room schoolhouse on the reservation took kids from first to third grade. After that, they had to find a way to other communities if they wanted more. Many Tribal members had no means to physically get to these locations. So Pearlene’s father bought a school bus that took the kids to and fro. Later, when the county school bus did come through Poarch, it kept on driving. But Pearlene’s dad made sure it stopped and that Indian children got on. He paved the way for educational opportunities within the tribe that prevail today.