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NC tribe scraps contract with gambling consultant

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PEMBROKE, N.C. -- A North Carolina Indian tribe has ended its contract with a Nevada gambling consultant in the tribe's effort to be officially recognized by Congress.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the tribe and officials from Lewin International on Friday terminated the contract that gave the Las Vegas company the authority to handle the tribe's push for federal recognition.

In exchange, the tribe promised Lewin a stake in future Lumbee economic ventures, including gambling.

But the Lumbee have long said they don't want the right to have gambling as part of their federal recognition.

Federal status has eluded the Lumbee since the 1880s, when North Carolina recognized the tribe. The tribe's members live mostly in Robeson, Hoke, Scotland and Cumberland countries.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer

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Why would

they need gambling? Between the Great White Father, McIntyre and HUD wampum and state treaty wampum, the Lumbee Tribal council is well funded to provide for its own.

Now Lumberton would like to see gambling. That's another issue. There's a whole corridor of motels and hotels lining I-95 that were hoping the Lumbees would be recognized; bring a casino to the area; and then watch the entire area prosper.

I guess we'll see what the treaty holds some moons down the trail.