The U.S. House of Representatives debates H.R.1964, the Lumbee Recognition Act, on November 16, 2020.

H.R.1964 extends federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe, based in North Carolina. The bill repeals a termination-era law that prevents the Lumbees from being treated in the same manner as other Indian nations.

The House considered H.R.1964 under a suspension of the rules. The bill cleared the chamber by a voice vote.

“My people have been praying patiently for a long time, and with today’s vote, the House of Representatives took a giant step toward our goal. I am pleased beyond words,” Chairman Harvey Godwin, Jr. said on Monday.

The U.S. Senate has not yet taken action on companion legislation.

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