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Lumbee Tribe expected to receive $13M in federal housing funds

The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is expected to receive $13 million from the Department of Housing and Urban Development this year.

The tribe must submit a plan on how it will use the money to HUD by July 1, The Fayetteville Observer reported. HUD previously audited the tribe for misusing federal funds.

The Lumbees lack federal recognition but they receive HUD money as a state recognized tribe. Some federally recognized tribes have questioned why state tribes are receiving a large share of federal funds, an issue that was the subject of a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Get the Story:
Lumbee Tribal Council approves housing plan (The Fayetteville Observer 6/26)

Government Accountability Office Report:
Federal Funding for Non-Federally Recognized Tribes GAO-12-348 (April 12, 2012)

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