House hearing on Lumbee, Virginia recognition

The House Natural Resources Committee has scheduled an April 18 hearing on legislative recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and six Virginia tribes.

H.R.65 would repeal a termination-era law that identified the Lumbees as Indian but denied them treatment as a recognized tribe.

H.R.1294 would extend recognition to the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, Inc., the Monacan Indian Nation, and the Nansemond Indian Tribe.

The hearing is the committee's first on recognition since the start of the 110th Congress.

Get the Story:
Va. tribes' hearing set for April 18 (The Richmond Times-Dispatch 4/1)
Sampson will testify at recognition hearing (The Robesonian 3/30)

Committee Notice:
Full Committee Legislative Hearing: H.R. 1294 and H.R. 65 (April 18, 2007)

Recognition Bills:
Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R.65) | Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act (H.R.1294)

Relevant Links:
Official Lumbee Tribe website -

Related Stories:
Virginia tribe optimistic on recognition in 2007 (12/06)
Bill to recognize Lumbee Tribe introduced again (01/08)
Lumbee Tribe faces recognition battle again in 2007 (12/19)