"Conversation on Lumbee River should be muted [Editorial]." Robesonian [Lumberton, NC] September 23, 2017.
This week, the Lumbee Tribal Council moved to have the General Assembly change the name of the Lumber River to the Lumbee River. The Lumbee Tribe is scheduled to hold a hearing on the tribe's federal recognition this week. The editor says, "it seems to us there is a lot more upside for the tribe to keep its eye squarely on the federal-recognition ball" (para. 4). People are afraid that the movement to change the name of the Lumber river will alienate some people who are in favor of federal recognition. The editor also says, "The river belongs to all of us, not to the Lumbee, who are not the majority of people who live along its banks. The majority are the rest of us" (para 13).