But you weren't Lumbee's this whole time.You didn't call yourselves Lumbee's until after 1937 when the EBCI sued you to stop calling yourselve's Eastern Cherokee. While it is my understanding that this was a name chosen by this collection of people you still claimed to be eastern cherokee's. When looking for a new name to call yourselves you picked Lumbee because of the major river that flowed near your residence.So the tribe"Lumbee" does not actually have any historic records as they did not exist as Lumbee's until the 1950's.
With every other tribe you can find an exact reference of them in historic documents by the same name they are called today.This is the major arguement,in my belief.
While the question of whether or not there is indian blood in there isn't so much a question,I believe the true question is whether or not there is enough of any specific tribe to justify the recognition of a group of mixed people as being a specified Native American Tribe.
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