Two other tribes, both of them based in Texas, were treated in a similar manner during the same era and both had their federal recognition restored by Congress during the 1980s. The Lumbees are the only ones still in limbo and they are looking to lawmakers to correct the decades-old oversight. "There's a lot of work that the people can do to come together and make this happen," Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr., said at the council meeting. "There's a lot of work, heavy lifting, we need to do as a people, and I hope we will do that," said Godwin, who is expected to testify at the hearing on Wednesday. Like prior federal recognition bills, H.R.1964 enjoys bipartisan support. The newest co-sponsor is Rep. Dan Bishop (R-North Carolina), who signed on shortly after winning a special election in September with the help of Lumbee voters. "As the Representative of North Carolina's Ninth Congressional District, I am proud to represent 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe," Bishop said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during debate on an Indian housing bill that he said would benefit his constituents. "When I served in the North Carolina General Assembly, just before this special election in September, I cosponsored legislation clarifying North Carolina's recognition of the Lumbee," Bishop said in reference to his work as a state lawmaker. U.S. Senate side, the Lumbee Recognition Act benefits from a prominent co-sponsor. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina) signed onto S.1368 in September, marking the first time he has done so since joining the chamber in 2015. "We didn't think we were going to get that," Godwin said of Tillis's support. "We left with his endorsement. That's a big deal." The House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States hearing on H.R.1964, the Lumbee Recognition Act, takes place at 2pm Eastern on Wednesday in Room 1324 of the Longworth House Office Building. A witness list hasn't been posted online yet. S.1368 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, where Moorehead used to work as chief counsel and staff director. It has not yet received a hearing.
H.R. 1964, Lumbee Recognition Act, gained a new co-sponsor this week. In one of his first official acts as the...Posted by Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina on Friday, September 20, 2019
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