Mike Hixenbaugh. "Lumbee bill left out of Senate earmarks bill." Fayetteville Observer. December 16, 2010.
The Lumbee tribe recognition bill was not among the thousands of earmarks and attachments included in a draft omnibus appropriations bill released in the final week of the 2010 Congress. The tribe and its lobbyist had hoped the federal recognition bill would be attached to the spending plan, but no such luck.
The legislation would grant the Lumbees federal recognition and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal aid. There was a chance of the legislation being added to the omnibus bill as an amendment, but even Arlinda Locklear doubted it would happen.
"For all practical purposes, the omnibus bill will be whittled down from here," Locklear said. "It doesn't get bigger at this point. Honestly, the Lumbees and all our friends have been doing everything we can to get the bill included. It was a big disappointment when it wasn't in there."
With the backing of both the state's senators, the president and his administration in the Bureau of Indian affairs, the 2010 Congress represented the tribe's best shot in decades at winning federal recognition.