Schilling, Vincent. “Lumbee Could Decide NC Senate Race—Tribe Ignored in Recent Debate.” Indian Country Media Today. September 12, 2014.
Though the Lumbee tribe holds considerable leverage in North Carolina with 58,000 members, Hagan and Tillis made no mention of the tribe.
The Lumbee tribe is seeking support from the Senate and a vote to help them secure and finalize federal recognition, and Hagan has previously voiced her support of the tribe's bid to be recognized. Hagan, along with Senator Richard Burr, last year reintroduced the Lumbee Recognition Act - which had previously passed in the House in 2007 and 2008.
Though the Lumbee have historically held a Democratic majority, the tribe is watching Hagan and Tillis "Very closely, for we do not believe in words anymore, but in what a senator does or does not do." Hagan says it is important for the Lumbee to gain federal recognition, and she will support the tribe's efforts.