Lumbee leaders host meeting to explain lobbying contract
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina met last Friday to discuss a controversial lobbying contract.

The meeting was closed to non-members and to the press. But sources told The Fayetteville Observer that tribal leaders failed to address concerns about the deal with Lewin International.

Chairman Purnell Swett said the company's connections in Washington, D.C., will help the tribe gain federal recognition. "It's about politics and money," he reportedly said.

Critics believe the deal will cost the tribe support in DC because it links federal recognition to a casino. The bills pending in Congress bar the tribe from engaging in gaming under state or federal law.

The deal also calls for penalties of $35 million if the tribe pulls out of the contract or fails to pursue a casino.

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Lumbee meeting does little to assuage contract's critics (The Fayetteville Observer 5/11)

Lumbee Recognition Bills:
S.1735 | H.R.31 | H.R.839

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