Lack of federal recognition limits college options for Lumbee students

by Elise McGloithan

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While the Lumbee Tribe is recognized by North Carolina, it has yet to be recognized by the federal government. (Photo by Alexis Simmons/Carolina Week)

More than 50,000 Native Americans are members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. The tribe is one of eight state recognized tribes, but they aren’t recognized by the federal government. This lack of recognition can limit access for many to higher education.

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