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Some don’t like North Carolina Lumbee contract with casino

Maxton, North Carolina (AP) May 2010

Some tribal members in North Carolina don’t like a contract with a Nevada casino company to push for federal recognition of the Lumbee Indians.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Beth Jacobs spoke to more than 30 tribal members during late April in Maxton.

The tribal council has approved the contract with Lewin International. The contract calls for Lewin to push for federal recognition of the tribe, and to get 30 percent of Lumbee profits from any economic venture. The deal includes more than $35 million in penalties if the tribe backs out of the deal.

Jacobs and her supporters want tribal Chairman Purnell Swett to veto the deal.

But tribal leaders say Lewin has the resources and connections to finally obtain federal recognition. The tribe has been seeking full federal recognition for more than a century.

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