Lumbee Tribe Offended By Company Marketing Lumbee Cigarettes

Lumbee tribal leaders aren't happy that a new cigarette bears the tribe's name.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Friday that the Lumbee tribe is working to distance itself from Lumbee cigarettes.

Tribal Chairman Jimmy Goins said he doesn't want consumers to think sales of the cigarettes support the tribe.

The cigarettes recently became available in Robeson, Scotland and Hoke counties. The cigarettes are marketed by Rockingham-based Coastal Distributing.

Company president Wayne Moss said the market has several products named after American Indian tribes, and he felt using the Lumbee name would be good in this part of the country.

Moss said he believed the tribe would benefit by its name getting more attention as the tribe works to gain federal recognition.


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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Feb 23, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    Nope! Hit the nail right on the head. Maybe not about their reasons for being upset but certainly about people getting upset for stupid reasons. I guess I should be madder than a wet settin'hen because TV made a show back in the 60's that had my last name in it. Gomer Pyle USMC. Thay's all I have heard since then. Are you kin to that dude on that show?? Hey Gomer, hows the sarge doin'. Not once have I chose to protest the show or show resentment towards it. I took it with a grain of salt and made the best of it. So should the Lumbee Tribe. Consider it an honor. Its not going to de-fame the tribe having a cigarett named after them any more than Gomer Pyle USMC did me or my family. Its not about the religion. That was just one example. It's the fact every one is looking for a reason to beat everybody down. We as a whole will destroy the USA from within by all of these stupid lawsuits, anti-everything, because it is not what I want attitudes. People NEED to get a grip.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane, NC on Feb 23, 2008 at 03:59 PM
    Clifton, you miss the point.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Feb 23, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    Maybe the tribe WANTED recognition thru money generated from the sales. No wait! They were offended because none of the tribe are smokers. Why do people have to be offended by such trivial things. Christians are dieing in foreign countries just because they are Christians. But yet here in the USA, WE are beating down Christianity. We are not allowed to pray in schools, public buildings, federal buildings, school events, and many many other locations. Soon we will not be able to worship God in our churches and homes. Does anyone see a problem here or am I the only person with enough foresight to see this coming? People need to get a grip on life and stop worrying about stupid stuff. Spend your life fighting for what is good for America. When in America-Do as Americans. Pray to God - Speak English-Work and be productive to society.
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