“Lumbee Tribal Council: The Council dips into its credit to pay its Washington lobbyist.” Fayetteville Observer Friday, February 16, 2007.
This brief article reports on the February 15, 2007 meeting of the Lumbee Tribal Council. The Council voted to borrow at least $30,000 from one of its lines of credit to pay Paul Kavinoky, the tribe's lobbyist in its efforts to obtain federal recognition. Kavinoky has been employed by the tribe since 2004 and charges $5,000 per month. There was discussion about sending the matter back to the Finance Committee to determine which line of credit the debt would be paid from. One Council member was concerned that it might be paid from a line that uses the tribe's Maxton Pond property as collateral; this line was used last June to pay Kavinoky $16,000. The Tribal Council went into closed session to discuss the salary of James Hardin, the deputy tribal administrator. Hardin's salary of $90,000 was cut in half in the 2007 budget.