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Lumbee Tribe May Now Apply For Federal Recognition

A logo of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
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The Department of the Interior will allow the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina to apply for full federal recognition. The department issued a memorandum reversing the agency’s previous reading of the 1956 Lumbee Act. The Lumbee people have been fighting for full federal status for decades.
 

Host Frank Stasio speaks with Keith Richotte, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor specializing in Indian law, about the government’s new stance and what the road to federal recognition may look like for the Lumbee people.

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.