Lawmakers hopeful for Lumbee recognition

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Dolasinski, Amanda. "Lawmakers hopeful for Lumbee recognition." Fayetteville Observer [Fayetteville, NC]. July 7, 2017.


"Lawmakers and members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina said they are hopeful the tribe will receive its long-fought federal recognition” (para. 1). Rep. Robert Pittenger and Sen Richard Burr filed bills to grant the tribe federal recognition. “'The Lumbees, such a large tribe as they are on the East Coast, they are long-deserving of this recognition,'” Pettinger said. “'You have to be tenacious, focus and unrelenting in your pursuit. At the end of the day, right prevails and you just have to keep making your case and that’s what we’re going to do on behalf of the Lumbees’” (para. 5). Federal recognition would have helped the tribe receive more funding for disaster relief after Hurricane Matthew. Federal recognition is opposed by many other tribes because they’ll get less funding from the federal government. 

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