CLARIFY STATE RECOGNITION - LUMBEE INDIANS.

View NCGA Bill Details2019-2020 Session
Senate Bill 218 (Public) Filed Monday, March 11, 2019
AN ACT TO AMEND THE STATE RECOGNITION OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA, TO MAKE CHANGES REGARDING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE CULTURAL CENTER, AND TO ESTABLISH THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA TRUST FUND.
Intro. by Britt, Bishop, McInnis.

Status: Ch. SL 2019-162 (Jul 25 2019)

SOG comments (2):

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 2nd edition changed the long title. Original long title was AN ACT AMENDING THE STATE RECOGNITION OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA.

Long title change

House committee substitute to the 3rd edition changed the long title.  Original title was AN ACT AMENDING THE STATE RECOGNITION OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA AND TO MAKE CHANGES REGARDING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE CULTURAL CENTER.

Bill History:

S 218/S.L. 2019-162

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Jul 29 2019 - More information

    AN ACT TO AMEND THE STATE RECOGNITION OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA, TO MAKE CHANGES REGARDING THE CONVEYANCE OF THE LUMBEE TRIBE CULTURAL CENTER, AND TO ESTABLISH THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA TRUST FUND. SL 2019-162. Enacted July 25, 2019. Effective July 25, 2019.


  • Summary date: Jul 8 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 3rd edition makes the following changes.

    Enacts new GS 147-69.6A establishing the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund as a special fund in the Office of the State Treasurer under the Treasurer's management. Provides that the Fund consists of funds received by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina for the sale or lease of natural resources from the property described as Parcel 1 in SL 2013-186 and the interest and other investment income earned by the Fund. Allows assets in the Fund to be disbursed only to the Lumbee Tribal Administration for (1) payment of property taxes on the property, upon receipt of a property tax bill or (2) the reforestation of the property under the supervision of a consulting forester, upon receipt of an invoice for the services of the consulting forester or the purchase and installation of seedlings or saplings. 

    Amends Section 4 of the act to require that the funds received from the sale or lease of natural resources from the property described as parcel 1 in SL 2013-186 be deposited into the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund, instead of into an escrow account and limits the uses of those funds to the conditions of that Trust Fund. Removes the reporting requirement. 

    Amends GS 147-69.2 (Investments authorized for special funds held by State Treasurer) to make the statute applicable to funds held by the State Treasurer to the credit of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.


  • Summary date: Jun 27 2019 - More information

    House committee substitute to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.

    Adds to the definition of Indian Cultural Center site in Section 1, SL 2013-186, to further describe the property by identifying the conveyance to the Lumbee Tribe recorded in the Robeson County Registry. 

    Amends Section 4, SL 2013-186, regarding the sale of Parcel 1, as defined by Section 1, SL 2013-186. Current law requires the Department of Administration to first offer Parcel 1 to the Lumbee Tribal Administration for purchase, subject to four specified covenants that would run with the land, with the land reverting to the State upon a violation of the covenants. Removes the fourth covenant, which prohibited the sale or lease of the parcel's natural resources. 

    Requires any funds from the sale or lease of natural resources from the property described as Parcel 1 to be deposited in an escrow account and used only for payment of property taxes, reforestation of the property, and improvements to the property. Directs the Lumbee Tribal Administration to report to the Department of Administration (Department) the sale or lease amount received and deposited into the escrow account within 30 days of the sale or lease of natural resources. Further, requires the Lumbee Tribal Administration to provide detailed annual accounting of the expenditures to the Department.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's long title.


  • Summary date: May 6 2019 - More information

    Senate committee substitute to the 1st edition makes a technical correction.


  • Summary date: Mar 11 2019 - More information

    Modifies GS 71A-3, which recognizes the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, to provide for the Tribe's continued enjoyment of all rights, privileges, and immunities as an American Indian Tribe with a recognized tribal governing body carrying out and exercising substantial governmental duties and powers similar to the State, being recognized as eligible for US special programs and services for Indians (previously, provided for continued enjoyment of all rights, privileges, and immunities enjoyed by them as citizens of the State subject to all the obligations and duties as citizens under the law).


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