McIntyre re-introduces bill for Lumbee recognition

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"McIntyre re-introduces bill for Lumbee recognition" The Robesonian January 6, 2011.


U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre immediately reintroduced in the 112th Congress a bill for full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe.

This legislation is identical to the bill that has already passed in the House twice.

"The fight for Lumbee recognition will continue, and we have hit the ground running,’’ McIntyre said. “It is time for discrimination to end and recognition to begin. For over 100 years, the Lumbee people have been seeking the dignity and respect they deserve from the federal recognition. I will do all I can to pass this important bill."

The Lumbees are recognized by the state of North Carolina and have partial recognition from the federal government. Full recognition would mean hundreds of millions of dollars for the tribe for housing, education, and economic development.

During the most recent Congress, the bill reached the Senate, cleared the committees, but was never voted on by the full Senate.

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