"Today’s passage of the Lumbee Recognition Act in the U.S. House of Representatives is a milestone achievement, and I am grateful for the overwhelming bipartisan support shown for this piece of legislation in our state and across our nation," said UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. "UNC Pembroke was founded by a group of visionary American Indians who understood the value of education and the importance their actions would have for the next seven generations. Today, we are proud to work with leaders like Representatives GK Butterfield and Dan Bishop who clearly see that full federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will not only correct a longstanding injustice, it will help drive the economy, health, education and society of our region for the next seven generations and beyond."
H.R. 1964 (Lumbee Recognition Act) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday, November 16, 2020 and will proceed to the Senate.