• January 14, 2009

    McIntyre Introduces Lumbee Recognition Bill

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre introduced legislation on the first day of the 111th Congress to grant the Lumbee Indians federal recognition.  This bill is identical to the one that passed the U.S. House on June 6, 2007, by a vote of 256-128, which was a two-thirds majority.

                Congressman McIntyre stated, “We have hit the ground running to continue the fight for Lumbee recognition!  It is time for discrimination to end and recognition to begin!  For over 100 years, the Lumbee people have been seeking the dignity and respect they deserve from the federal recognition.  The House overwhelmingly approved this exact bill last year, and I will be working feverishly to pass this important measure again.”

                HR 31, which already has 47 co-sponsors, has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

                “The historical record is persuasive and compelling that for the last 200 years the Lumbees have functioned as an Indian tribe and have been recognized as such by state and local authorities.  It is time they achieve federal recognition.” said Representative McIntyre.

                Congressman McIntyre is a member of the Native American Congressional Caucus.