Lumbee recognition bill delayed on Senate floor
Wednesday, December 3, 2003

A bill to recognize the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina won't be taken up by the Senate until next year.

Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) sought quick passage before the Thanksgiving recess but some colleagues had questions about the bill. The Congressional Budget Office estimates an annual cost of $77 million, mostly for Indian Health Service (IHS) funding.

The House has yet to take up a companion bill offered by Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.). A rival bill by Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.), an ally of the Eastern Cherokee Tribe, would require the Lumbees to seek recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Lumbees are currently prohibited from doing so.

Get the Story:
Dole's 'hotline' attempt fails (The Robesonian 12/2)

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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