Lumbee Indians want river renamed

The Associated PressJuly 5, 2009 

— The Lumbee Indian tribe wants to change the name of the river that winds through its ancestral lands in North Carolina.

The Fayetteville Observer reports the Tribal Council passed an ordinance last month to ask the state legislature to change the name of the Lumber River to the Lumbee River.

A tribe elder says the river was named in 1809 by lawmakers who also established the Lumber River Navigation Co. to help move wood and other goods through southeastern North Carolina and into the Pee Dee River in South Carolina.

Federal officials also would have to approve the name change, which could be a tall task.

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