Designation has Lumbee agency poised to thrive

The Lumbee Tribe's first for-profit company, Lumbee Nation Development Corporation (LNDC), was certified as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone. Daucey Brewington, District 18 representative of the Tribal Council, said this company is the first tribally owned company to be certified as a HUB zone in North Carolina. The company was established in May, 2001, and was certified as a HUB zone on September 23, 2001. HUB certification gives the LNDC eligibility  for government funds assigned for tribally owned businesses or for minority owned businesses that are certified.

Lumbees likely to wait again on federal recognition

Sources in Washington, D.C. are saying that the Lumbee Tribe's chance at gaining federal recognition this year are now very slim, though tribal leaders still have hope.

The chances are slim because Congress has recessed to prepare for midterm elections and won't reconvene until elections are over. Sources on Capitol Hill feel pessimistic that Congress will consider the Lumbee during what is called the "lame-duck session."

Hagan Meets With Lumbee Tribe On Federal Recognition Bill; Reaffirms Commitment To Senate Passage

U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) recently met with Lumbee Tribal Chairman Purnell Swett and other Lumbee leaders. They met to discuss the recognition bill Hagan and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced to give the Lumbee full federal recognition. The bill, previously passed by the House, has been approved by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and is currently awaiting a final vote on the Senate floor.

Lumbees make final push for federal recognition

Lumbees are making one last push in their federal recognition activities before Congress reconvenes this week.

The Lumbee Tribe has raised over $170,000 in the past few weeks from private contributors to pay Anderson Tuell LLP for one last effort at lobbying for recognition. Anderson Tuell LLP is a Washington, DC-based law firm which specializes in Native American cases.

Study seeks link between connectedness with Lumbee culture and mental health of youth

A Winston-Salem group, along with a professor from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP), are beginning research on the correlation between the mental health of Lumbee youth and their knowledge of Lumbee culture.

UNCP professor Alfred Bryant will work with the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and the departments of Epidemiology and Prevention and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest University's School of Medicine. The focus of their study is how cultural education effects suicide ideation among Indian youth.

Lumbee Tribe opens recognition office

Last Thursday, Purnell Swett, Tribal Chairman for the Lumbee, discussed his aspirations for the new "campaign headquarters" meant to advance efforts of the Lumbee to receive federal recognition. The office is in downtown Pembroke on West Third Street, in the old Pembroke Hardware store. It is staffed by volunteers.

Swett said, “I feel it’s important to show unity among our people, and to keep the activities of our federal recognition effort separate from the activities of our tribal office...This office, it is my hope, will demonstrate that.”

Type 1 diabetes not slowing Jets backup inside linebacker Kenwin Cummings

Since the age of 15, Kenwin Cummings, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, has "played against the odds," football to be specific. When diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 15, Cummings was told by doctors to stay off the football field. "But he refused to accept that," says Cummings' father, Kenwin Cummings, Sr.

Cummings is now 24 and was recently added to the New York Jets as a backup inside linebacker and special-teams player. In 2008 Cummings was "undrafted" from Wingate University in North Carolina. As a Lumbee, Cummings is one of the  NFL's few Native American football players.

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