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American Indian Healthy Eating

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

About Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina 

The 55,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina reside primarily in RobesonHoke, Cumberland, and Scotland counties.  The Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River, and the ninth largest in the nation.  The Lumbee take their name from the Lumbee River, which winds its way through Robeson County.  Pembroke, North Carolina is the economic, cultural, and political center of the tribe.

The ancestors of the Lumbee were mainly Cheraw and related Siouan-speaking Indians who have lived in the area of what is now Robeson County since the 1700s.  The Lumbee people have been recognized by the State of North Carolina since 1885, and at the same time, established a separate school system that would benefit tribal members.  In 1887, the State established the Croatan Normal Indian School, which is today The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  In 1956, a bill was passed by the United States Congress which recognized the Lumbee as Indian, but denied the tribe full status as a federally recognized Indian tribe.  Federal recognition for the tribe is currently being sought through federal legislation.

Lumbee HNNC Supported Initiatives

brooks  “One of our goals at the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina is to promote and educate tribal members on the importance of having an active and healthy lifestyle.  Having a holistic approach to life is important not only for our individual tribal members, but their families and our tribal communities as a whole.”













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Lumbee HNNC Partners & Collaborators

Lumbee Contact Information

April M. Bryant

Program Manager

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina

P.O. Box 2709

Pembroke, NC 28372

Office: 910-522-2189

Fax:      910-521-7790