PEMBROKE, N.C. — (AP) — Full federal recognition of North Carolina’s Lumbee Tribe got a boost with President Donald Trump expressing support for a U.S. Senate bill that could bring millions of dollars more in funding to the community.
The tribe received limited recognition from the federal government in the 1950s.
The Senate measure also would allow the tribe to open a casino in Robeson County.
Trump’s announcement of support came the day before the president announced he would hold a weekend rally in Lumberton.
Joe Biden’s campaign has given support to a Lumbee recognition bill in the House.
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