Senate panel to hold hearing on Lumbee recognition
Thursday, September 4, 2003

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will hold a hearing September 17 on legislation to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to outright recognize the tribe. A competing bill, sponsored by supporters of the Eastern Band of Cherokees in North Carolina, would force the tribe to seek recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A lawyer for the Cherokees said the tribe hasn't been invited to the hearing. "There is no effort by the Eastern Band to express opposition,'' attorney Wilson Pipestem told The Fayettevile Observer. "It has been the Eastern Band's position that the Bureau of Indian Affairs is the appropriate forum."

Get the Story:
Lumbees set date with Senate panel (The Fayettevile Observer 9/4)

Get Lumbee Bills:
S.420 | H.R.898

Relevant Links:
Official Lumbee Tribe website -
Lumbee Regional Development Association -

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