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Hagan says Lumbee recognition still possible

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Time is running out on a bill in Congress that would give federal recognition to the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina, but one senator says there's still hope.

US Sen. Kay Hagan told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that she's hoping the Lumbee recognition bill can be amended to another piece of legislation before Congress adjourns this month. Both Hagan, a Democrat, and her Republican counterpart, Sen. Richard Burr, support the measure.

It won passage in the House of Representatives and in a Senate committee, but its progress has stalled since then. The 55,000-member tribe has been recognized by North Carolina since the 1880s. The federal government granted partial recognition in 1956 but denied the benefits that accompanied it.

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