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The Catawba Nation and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina celebrated a historic occasion today as they signed a Government-to-Government Principles of Agreement

The Catawba Nation and the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina celebrated a historic occasion today as they signed a Government-to-Government Principles of Agreement, which is considered similar to a modern-day treaty between the two tribal nations. This historic covenant will mark a new day of guided principles between the two nations as they have agreed to move forward together in friendship and partnership, while also protecting the sovereignty of each nation.


The agreement signing took place at noon at the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center with guest from across the region to witness the historic event. Catawba Nation Chief Brian Harris said the agreement between the Catawba Indian and the Lumbee represents a significant milestone and is a testament to the tribes commitment to mutual respect and cooperation. "This agreement


signifies our collective dedication, peace, prosperity, and justice for all," said Harris. Lumbee Tribal Chairman said the ancestors of the Lumbee would be proud. He called it a momentous occasion. "We now have a strong firm relationship with our brothers and sisters from the Catawba," said Lowery. "We have already built strong bonds and this agreement puts us in lock step as we work and walk together on cultural issues, social issues, health issues, economic development issues and much more. This partnership stands out as the most significant one of my tenure and ensures a bright future for our two nations."


This agreement begin a new era of support, resilience, as well as prosperity for both Tribes. Lumbee Tribal Chairman John L. Lowery and Catawba Nation Chief Brian Harris kicked off this monumental occasion by participating in the Annual Summer Solstice Ceremonial Fire, in which they began together with two (2) ceremonial fires, which became one to symbolize our tribes are bonded forever, with a bond never to be broken. Following the ceremony, Chief Harris and Chairman Lowery were presented with the tail feather of an Eagle.


Leaders from the two nations signed the agreement before a large audience today. Both nations also shared gifts of pottery. Catawba Chief Harris presented Lumbee Tribal Chairman Lowery with a gift of a Chairman's pottery vase. Chairman Lowery presented and wrapped Chief Harris with a quilt from one of our Lumbee Elders.


The Catawba Nation and the Lumbee Tribe of N.C. have a longstanding relationship with families moving between the two tribes for centuries.




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