Posts Tagged ‘tribal government’

On July 15, 2010, UNC-TV’s North Carolina Now program aired a thorough and accurate story on Lumbee recognition. Reporter Rob Holliday interviewed me along with Professor Mary Ann Jacobs (UNC-Pembroke), Professor Walt Wolfram (N.C. State), Tribal Chairman Purnell Swett, and others. You can view the story here.


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This article was written by D.G. Martin, host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch and Who’s Talking on 1360 WCHL Radio. It appeared in the Thomasville Times on May 4, 2010.


Are you trying to make sense out of the latest news from the Lumbee Tribe?

According to news reports, the Lumbee Tribal Council has approved a contract with a Nevada-based lobbying firm that will attempt to persuade Congress to grant the tribe full recognition without any restrictions on gambling ventures.

A bill granting recognition but restricting gambling has passed the House of Representatives and has been waiting on action by the Senate.

The shocker in the new contract with Lewin International is a provision that would require the (more…)

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In a letter circulated at the Lumbee powwow this past weekend, members of the Tribal Council announced a meeting for tribal members to clear up what they called “misinformation” in the “non-tribal press” about the contract that was recently signed with Lewin International, LLC, to promote the tribe’s federal recognition bill currently before Congress. This was the first official communication from the Council about its recent decision. The meeting will take place this Friday, May 7, at the Givens Performing Arts Center at UNC-Pembroke, starting at 6:30 pm. A copy of the Council’s letter is below, followed by a response I sent to my tribal council representatives this morning.


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I’m very pleased and honored to be a guest blogger for First Peoples Publishing Initiative! Today they’ve posted reflections and reporting on the Lumbee tribal council’s recent shift in their federal recognition strategy. There are many parallels with the past…and as William Faulkner may have said, “the past is not dead, it’s not even past.”

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