North Carolina senators are joining forces to get full federal recognition to the Lumbee Tribe so that the tribe is eligible for all federal benefits and programs.
U.S. Sens. Richard Burr, a Republican from Winston-Salem, and Kay Hagan, a Democrat from Greensboro, filed the bill Wednesday.
The tribe has been trying to get the federal government to recognize it since 1888; North Carolina did so in 1885.
Staff writers Anne Blythe, Caitlin Owens, Julian Spector and Craig Jarvis
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