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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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how can someone denie

how can someone denie someone of what they are just aint right grant full reconition to one an not an not the other put one tribe ahead of another that should be against the law wat are web are we not american citizen are not equal to the rights giveing to others ....are the italians in charge of irish still white are the african in charge of jamacans are the mexican people in charge of all latinos no then why are we someone please explain why these other big tribes cherokee can say they are in charge of other indian lifes hell no did they not have other tribes killed crow indians in history to save there on ass then got betrayed by andrew jackson to walk the trail was it sad or was they getting what they deserved it was wrong on both ends my own blood denies me the freedom of having a better life i am native the name lumbee was forced
me an my family i look at my baby girl an wonder about her future as an indian i am a sampson my wife oxendine blood have are own race forsakeing us when we always stood brave for turn maybe the white buffalo has came for are people thats all the hope cherokee my brothers give us took are language are traditons away are names now are heritage