Lumbee Tribe presses for federal recognition
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Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on federal recognition.
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The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina deserves legislative recognition, its chairman told the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

The Lumbees are subject to a termination-era law that identifies them as "Indians" but bars them from being treated as a federally recognized tribe. Another tribe that was in a similar situation -- the Tiguas of Texas -- eventually won legislative recognition.

The Lumbees hope for same and are backed by Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-North Carolina), Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-North Carolina). At the hearing yesterday, all three spoke in favor of a bill to recognize the tribe.

The House passed the bill but the Senate has yet to act.The only other recognized tribe in North Carolina -- the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - says the Lumbees are not legitimate.

Get the Story:
Lumbees push for legislation (The Fayetteville Observer 9/20)
Dole pushes for Lumbee recognition (The Charlotte News & Observer 9/20)
Interior Dept. attempts to smooth tribal recognition process (AP 9/20)

Recognition Bill:
Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R.65)

Relevant Links:
Official Lumbee Tribe website - http://www.lumbeetribe.com

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