Lumbee Tribe, North Carolina (state recognized)

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The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will help a Lumbee commission survey the Lumbee people to determine if they want a representative tribal government. Lumbee Self-Determination Commission chairman Jim Lowry said he expected the survey to confirm that such a government is desired. If so, an election will follow shortly after the survey results are revealed. "Based on numerous public hearings ? we know that the Lumbee people want to form a tribal government and they want that government to be representative of them," Lowry said. Results of the survey will be presented at the commission's July meeting. In April 1999, Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ordered the commission's formation after ruling that neither the Lumbee Regional Development Association nor the Lumbee Tribe of Cheraw Indians was the governing body of the Lumbee people. Manning charged the 39-member commission with creating a process "by which the Lumbee People's right to self-determination may be protected and yet, carried out by the Lumbee people themselves." UNCP will survey 400 enrolled members 18 years and older about their attitudes and opinions about self-determination. The Institute of Government will help with the wording and other details of the survey to ensure its validity in the eyes of the courts.