Bill puts gaming in play for Lumbees

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Shiles, Bob. "Bill puts gaming in play for Lumbees; Lumbees would have final say in a vote." Robesonian (Lumberton, NC). September 10, 2016.


While the Lumbee Recognition Act has a provision that would allow gaming on tribal land, Lumbee Tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin is not concerned because in order for gaming to take place, it would have to be approved by the people. Godwin is more focused on job creation and economic development, as far as the Lumbee Recognition Act is concerned.

The U.S. House members have traditionally been opposed to the idea of gaming and casinos for the Lumbee, but the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has been on the opposite side of the issue. The article stated, “A prohibition on gaming has been included in House versions of the Lumbee Recognition Act since gaming was removed from one of the earliest House bills introduced by former Rep. Mike McIntyre several years ago.”

Tribal members appear split on the issue of gaming. On the one hand, there are the economic benefits of having a casino. On the other, there are social problems caused by the presence of the casinos.

This will only matter if the act gets passed in the first place. 

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