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Ready for recognition

I wanted to thank the House of Representatives in Washington D.C., for approving federal recognition of the Lumbee Indians of North Carolina known as H.R. 31.

This bill would qualify them for medical care, child welfare, community development, and other programs that other American Indians already have. It is poetic justice for the Lumbee people who were terminated as being federally recognized in 1956.

Also, the House of Representatives, on that same day, approved federal recognition for American Indians in Virginia. Let’s hope that the U.S. Senate will do the same.

– Billy Trice Jr.

Oakland, Calif.