Lumbee council fails in vote to rescind lobbying contract
Members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina said they will continue to oppose a contract with a lobbying firm after the council failed to rescind the controversial deal on Thursday night.

The contract with Lewin International was approved on March 12. A group called the Lumbee Sovereignty Coalition says the tribe could be forced to pay $35 million to the firm if the tribe backs out of the deal or if the tribe decides not to pursue a casino.

The House passed a bill to recognize the tribe in June 2009. However, the bill contains a provision that says the tribe will not be able to engage in gaming under state law or federal law.

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Casino consultant deal survives Lumbee council debate (The Fayetteville Observer 4/16)

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

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