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Tribal member earns top VA honors     Bobby Locklear, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, was recently awarded with top honors nationwide by the federal government among Veteran Integrated Service Network Contractors for small businesses     
Wonderful Story   PEMBROKE — Four years ago, Paul Brooks told his wife he wanted to run for chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.  At the time, Pauline Sampson Brooks, his wife of 46 years, was battling ovarian cancer."My wife told me not to run," Brooks said. So he didn't. He was with her through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. She died April 14, 2009."I was glad I didn't run,'' Brooks said. "My wife was more important to me at that time. But Brooks, 73, never gave up on his dream to become tribal chairman.      
Tribe breaks grounds on new community building Tribe breaks grounds on new community building PROSPECT — Dozens of tribal members gathered on a vacant lot in the Prospect Community as tribal officials burned sage, blessing the grounds of the future site of the District 5 Community Center.
  
Chairman Brooks testifies before Senate View Hearing

Chairman Brooks testifies before Senate Indian Affairs Committee Oversight hearing on broken administrative acknowledgement process Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks testified before the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Thursday, July 12, 2012. The oversight hearing was on federal recognition, focusing on the process of recognizing tribes through the administrative and Congressional processes. "The basis was to discuss the efficiencies, or lack thereof," said Chairman Brooks, "regarding the federal acknowledgement process at the Bureau of Indian Affairs".
The Color Purple The Robesonian - The Color Purple PEMBROKE — It’s more than 60 years late, but Army Cpl. James G. Oxendine has finally has the Purple Heart he earned as a young soldier during the Korean War. During a ceremony Monday at the Lumbee Lodge in Pembroke, Oxendine, 81, smiled as he shook hands and received the medal from retired N.C. National Guard Maj. Gen. John Atkinson. Atkinson told the crowd of about 75 family members and friends that a Purple Heart is usually presented to a recipient in front of a group of soldiers.    
Chairman Reminds President about Lumbee Plight Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks shook hands with President Obama on his recent visit to Mt. Holly, North Carolina, and reminded the President about the plight of the Lumbee
Tribe of North Carolina.  
Who Are The Lumbee? The 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina reside primarily in Robeson, Hoke,Cumberland and Scotland counties. The Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest in the nation. The Lumbee take their name from the Lumbee River which winds its way through Robeson County. Pembroke, North Carolina is the economic, cultural and political center of the tribe.
Tribal Council Approves IHP Changes

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imagesThe 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina reside primarily in Robeson, Hoke,Cumberland and Scotland counties. The Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest in the nation. The Lumbee take their name from the Lumbee River which winds its way through Robeson County. Pembroke, North Carolina is the economic, cultural and political center of the tribe.

The ancestors of the Lumbee were mainly Cheraw and related Siouan-speaking Indians who have lived in the area of what is now Robeson County since the 1700s. The Lumbee people have been recognized by the state of North Carolina since 1885, and at the same time established a separate school system that would benefit tribal members. In 1887, the state established the Croatan Normal Indian School, which is today The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. In 1956 a bill was passed by the United States Congress which recognized the Lumbee as Indian, but denied the tribe full status as a federally recognized Indian tribe. Federal recognition for the tribe is currently being sought through federal legislation. For more information regarding Lumbee Federal Recognition, click here (update coming soon).

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