Tribe Seeks Federal Nod

North Carolina's Lumbee Indians are again seeking full federal recognition.

But several members within the state's congressional delegation could stand in the way. Leaders and members went to Washington D.C. seeking the full recognition that would bring the tribe's 50,000 members more federal money.

Those speaking on behalf of the tribe included Indiana University men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. Democratic Representative Mike McIntyre told a committee that giving the Lumbees full recognition would correct a problem that dates back to 1956, when Congress recognized the tribe but didn't attach the benefits that come with the recognition.

But the Eastern Band of the Cherokee oppose giving the Lumbees
federal recognition and say such legislation would undermine the
culture and political integrity of other tribes.


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