Lumbee Tribe won't give up controversial lobbying contract
Leaders of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina aren't swaying from a controversial lobbying contract.

Critics have tried to get the tribe to cancel the agreement with Lewin International. But the council appears to have finalized the contract, which some believe will hurt the tribe's federal recognition bill because it makes reference to gaming.

The House passed the tribe's recognition bill last year but it included a prohibition on gaming. The Senate has not taken action.

In going with Lewin, the tribe ended its relationship with Arlinda Locklear, a tribal member and attorney who has lobbied for federal recognition for over 20 years. She worked for the tribe for free.

Get the Story:
Lumbee Tribe finalizes contract (The Fayetteville Observer 5/21)
Lumbees divided on new recognition effort (SCNow 5/21)

Lumbee Recognition Bills:
S.1735 | H.R.31 | H.R.839

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