Senate panel advances Lumbee recognition bill
Thursday, October 30, 2003

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee approved a bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.

The panel voted 14-1 to advance the bill to the Senate floor. Only Sen. Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.) voted against it, saying the tribe should go through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

A rival bill in the House would force the tribe to seek recognition through the BIA. The tribe is currently barred from the BIA process due to a unique termination-era law.

Rep. Mikc McIntyre (D-N.C.) has sponsored a bill in the House to recognize the tribe. The House Resources Committee has not held a hearing yet.

Get the Story:
Lumbees' bill gets Senate panel OK (The Fayetteville Observer 10/30)

Relevant Documents:
Senate Testimony, Witness List (September 17, 2003)

Get Lumbee Bills:
Dole: S.420 | McIntyre: H.R.898 | Taylor: H.R.1408

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

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