Monday, February 7, 2011

Lumbee Bill introduced…again

Lumbee Bill

(Note: Funny, even the Lumbee didn't know about this new process.
Makes one wonder how Congressman McIntyre is tied to this
besides his "good intentions." Dave)
Have you ever watched the movie
Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? If so, you’ll sort of get the feeling. On the first
full day of the 112th Congress, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) introduced legislation
that would grant the Lumbee Tribe full federal acknowledgment.
Identical bills passed the House in 2007 and 2009, but both bills
stalled in the Senate.
“The fight for Lumbee recognition will continue, and we have to hit the
ground running,” Rep. McIntyre (D-NC)
said. “It is time for discrimination to end
and recognition to begin! For over 100
years, the Lumbee people have been seeking the dignity and respect they deserve
from the federal recognition.”
The Lumbees themselves might
not be as pleased with the introduction of
the bill as you might think. “While I am
appreciative of the Congressman’s dedication to…correcting a grave injustice done
to the Lumbee people, I was not aware nor
consulted about reintroducing this bill,”
Lumbee chairman Purnell Swett told The
Fayetteville Observer. “Furthermore, I
had not contacted the Congressman and requested that this previous bill done by another administration be reintroduced.”
The Eastern
Band of Cherokee Indians has
historically been
against the Lumbee Tribe seeking
r e c o g n i t i o n
through Congressional means.
“ C o n g r e s s m a n
McIntyre re-introduced the Lumbee recognition bill in Congress in what I believe is
an inability of members of our congressional delegation to understand the underlying issues of tribal federal recognition,”
Principal Chief Michell Hicks said on Friday, Jan. 7. “I remain committed in our efforts to ensure that the federal recognition
process takes precedence over political
pandering in the new congress.”
The bill is now in the hands of the
House Natural Resources Committee.

“I remain committed in our efforts
to ensure that the federal recogni-
on process takes precedence over
poli cal pandering in the new congress.”
- Principal Chief Michell Hick

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