Smoot, Ryan. "Lumbee Tribe could be fully federally recognized with new bill." Daily Tarheel [Chapel Hill, NC]. October 3, 2017.
"Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., attained a congressional hearing for The Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill that will fully federally recognize the Native American tribe located in southeastern North Carolina” (para. 1). Federal recognition of the Lumbee would directly impact the UNC campus. “'It’s an issue that drills down to the health and well-being of the Indian people. But it’s also an issue of pride and identity for our young people’” says Amy Hertel, the director of the UNC American Indian Center (para. 5). Federal recognition would mean more federal funding for things like the damage from Hurricane Matthew last year. “When we’re granted federal recognition, that’ll give us the opportunity to show and educate other people on our culture,” says Ryan Dial-Stanley, a Lumbee student at UNC (para. 16).