New Lumbee chairman promises to push for recognition
The new leader of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina said he will continue to press for federal recognition.

In June 2009, the House passed a bill to recognize the tribe. The Senate has yet to take action.

. "It is time we get our leaders in Washington, D.C. to recognize the great wrong being done to our people and correct that wrong," chairman Purnell Swett said at his swearing-in ceremony, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

Congress identified the Lumbees as Indians in 1956 but did not allow them to be treated like other tribes.

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