Jenkins, Venita. “Lumbee Tribe may amend laws.” Fayetteville Observer Friday, November 9, 2001.
The tribal constitution which Lumbee voters approved on Tuesday has already caused dissent because it designates North Carolina as the tribe's territory. Many members of the tribe live outside Robeson County and even North Carolina. In spite of this fact, the tribal members who disagree with designating North Carolina as the tribal territory prefer using Robeson and adjacent counties, as stated in the 1956 Lumbee Act. They fear that a larger designated territory would hurt the tribe's efforts to obtain true federal recognition. The chairperson of the Tribal Council's constitution committee, Linda Hammonds, explains that the designation of tribal territory mentioned in the constitution only affects districts for electing members of the Tribal Council. Grants for services to the Lumbee will have their own designated service areas. The tribe's housing grant, for instance, aids Lumbees in Robeson, Cumberland, Bladen, and Hoke Counties only. Some Lumbee people who oppose the territory designation, including Cynthia Hunt (Lumbee River Legal Services), have already begun efforts to amend the constitution.