Harvey Godwin Jr. was sworn in as chairman of the Lumbee Tribe in January 2016. Photo: Harvey Godwin, Jr. Lumbee Tribal Chairman
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Lumbee Tribe ordered to release voter list to opponents of chairman

A recall effort against Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. of the Lumbee Tribe is moving forward with the help of a court decision.

The Lumbee Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a voter list should be released to opponents of the chairman, The Robesonian reported. A group called Seeing Is Believing plans to use the information to collect signatures for a recall petition against Godwin.

“This is about tribal business,” Reba Scott, a critic of the chairman, told the paper. “It’s not about a personal vendetta.”

Godwin won election as chairman in November 2015. Like most Lumbee leaders, he has been focusing on securing federal recognition for the tribe.

Scott's group, though, contends he has misused tribal and federal funds. They must collect at least 550 signatures to start a recall, The Robesonian reported.

The tribe is based in North Carolina.

Read More on the Story:
Court: Recall group can get names of tribal voters (The Robesonian 6/23)

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