Tribe Wants Name Change For Lumber River

The Lumbee Indian tribe wants to change the name of the river that winds through its ancestral lands in North Carolina.

The Fayetteville Observer reports the Tribal Council passed an ordinance last month to ask the state Legislature to change the name of the Lumber River to the Lumbee River.

A tribe elder says the river was named in 1809 by state lawmakers who also established the Lumber River Navigation Co. to help move wood and other goods through southeastern North Carolina and into the Pee Dee River in South Carolina.

Lawrence Locklear says those living in the area have always called it the Lumber River.

Federal officials would also have to approve the name change, which could be a tall task.


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  • by Mike on Jul 8, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Well played!!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 7, 2009 at 10:58 PM
    We slaughtered all the pigs, watched as a bunch of ignorant dorks came into town and built the Coopers a Lincoln Log Ark, decided to leave the names of the Lumber and Roanoke Rivers as is and used just one foot to kick Pocahontas a new hat.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Jul 7, 2009 at 04:34 AM
    Leave it as Lumber River. The lumbees can call it what they want. That is what the river is known as and that is how it should remain. That proposition is the stupidest thing I heard.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 6, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    Jamesville, where men are men and the pigs are scared!!
  • by Mike on Jul 6, 2009 at 03:09 PM
    Tad, is your last name Cooper? 2 of a kind there.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 6, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    bandanaman247, did you see Pocahontas' new hat while you were in Hamilton? Yea, he ended up wearing it for a hat.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 5, 2009 at 06:47 PM
    There was a guy named Tad from Jamesville who walked into Hamilton, he made a mess, walked back home, and there has been a guy named Pocahontas there ever since.
  • by Biscuit Location: NC on Jul 5, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    My ancesters were British, so I demand that we change the name of Greenville back to Martinsboro and Washington to Pea Town. While we're at it, let's change the name of the United States, back to the Colonies.
  • by bandanaman247 on Jul 5, 2009 at 02:47 PM
    Whew!! They were right. I walked into town but I am limping home, barely able to do that.I learned my lesson. My apologies.
  • by Disgusted on Jul 5, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    WITN I am disgusted with you. How can you approve some of these comments? You should be so proud.
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