Jenkins, Venita. “Lumbees encounter financial struggles.” The Fayetteville Observer (Fayetteville, NC). May 27, 2001
Lack of money has slowed down the process and made it more difficult to establish a government for the Lumbee people, but tribal leaders say they won’t let the financial difficulties get in the way.
The council currently has $33,000, part of an allotment from the General Assembly to the Lumbee Self-Determination Commission. The council has no other source of revenue.
Once the tribal government is in place, there is an $8 million housing program that will go into effect. While it seems to be taking a long time to set everything up, tribal Chairman Milton Hunt said that they don’t want to rush things and that they want to make sure the grants and programs are properly set up.
It could be a year before all programs are turned over to the council, but Hunt said he hopes to have a full staff in place by 2002.