Tribe votes to purchase cultural center. Plans to restore to promote heritage

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"Tribe votes to purchase cultural center. Plans to restore to promote heritage." Robesonian [Lumberton, NC] March 29, 2014.


The Lumbee Tribal Council authorized the tribal administration to buy the North Carolina Indian Cultural Center, a property with more than 500 acres.

While it currently needs restoration due to its poor condition, there were once plans to make a resort-type facility on the land. Currently the center still has a golf course, an amphitheater, a swimming pool, walking trails, areas to canoe and fish, a playground, and a campground.

Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has plans to restore the once oft-used property to its original standards and purpose. The tribe decided that they plan to use deferred developers’ fees to pay back the 20-year, four-percent-interest-rate loan used to purchase the Cultural Center. Tribal Administrator Tony Hunt also added that he and his staff found nearly $3 million in grant money to help with the property’s restoration. 

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