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Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

SCIA to Hear Three Federal Recognition Bills



Later this afternoon, at 2:30 p.m. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will chair a business meeting followed by a legislative hearing on three bills for federal recognition for tribes in Virginia, North Carolina, and Montana.

The Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act (S. 1074), introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Mark Warner (D-VA), would extend federal recognition to six Virginia Tribes: the Chickahominy Indian Tribe, the Chickahominy Indian Tribe – Eastern Division, the Upper Mattaponi Tribe, the Rappahannock Tribe, the Monacan Indian Nation and the Nansemond Indian Tribe. According to a SCIA press release, the tribes would be provided with a land base to serve as their reservation with the legislation.

In North Carolina Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) have introduced The Lumbee Recognition Act (S. 1132) that would extend federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and authorize the taking of land into trust for the tribe by the Secretary of the Interior.

The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana are seeking federal recognition through a bill introduced by Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Max Baucus (D-MT). The Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians Restoration Act of 2013 (S. 161) would establish a service area for the tribe requiring the Secretary of the Interior to take 200 acres of land in trust to be used as the Band’s land base according to the release.

SCIA will receive the views of the Department of the Interior as presented by Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, while hearing testimony from Stephen Adkins, chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe; Paul Brooks, chairman of the Lumbee Tribe; and Gerald Gray, chairman of the Little Shell Tribe on the impact of the proposed legislations.

Before the hearing begins a business meeting will be held to consider three bills: the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act (S. 235), the Sandia Pueblo Settlement Technical Amendment Act (S. 611), and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Non-Intercourse Act of 2013 (S. 920).

The federal recognition hearing will be available for streaming online at indian.senate.gov.

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The Lumbee Have Self-Identified As Four Different Tribes This uncertain genealogical background illuminates the remarkable story of Lumbee efforts to attain federal acknowledgement as four different Indian tribes, including the ``Cherokee Indians of Robeson and Adjoining Counties.'' The Lumbee group seeking Congress's acknowledgment today has been before the Congress on numerous occasions in the past, beginning in 1899. The tribal identity of the Lumbees, who have over the course of history self-identified themselves as four different tribes before Congress``Croatan,Cherokee, Siouan, and now Cheraw-is highly in question. These appellations do not correlate with each other. Heinegg,whose work has been recognized by The American Society of Genealogists,concludes that the Lumbee are an invented North Carolina Indian tribe,and that many of the persons who first self-identified as Indian in Robeson County,North Carolina,are not of Indian ancestry

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Lumbee tribe a Political Invention"Invention, passes over recovered history and resorts to the "embellishment" of the past," which "influences inscriptions and chronicles, monographs and textbooks, and all the other media used to project an image and present a case" Invention the mother of all False histories..".Lumbee Tribe on a Trail of Lies" the mother of Tribal invention and fabrication