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Dome: Lumbees get an assist from Burr, Hagan

From Staff ReportsJune 12, 2013 

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NAACP Northampton County Branch President Bennett Taylor is helped into a Department of Corrections bus after being arrested at the Legislative Building Wednesday June 12, 2013. Eight protesters were arrested as others cheered them on from across the street.

CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

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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