[R-G] Jail fight over Lumbee recognition
hunterbadbear at hunterbear.org
Tue Feb 24 10:50:03 MST 2009
Note by Hunter Bear:
The fight for Federal recognition of the large Lumbee Indian Nation of North Carolina continues at various points in "the halls of Congress." It also continues in some other interesting places.
We, and a great many other Native persons, have always backed the Lumbees in this very important struggle. See for background,
Fayetteville [NC] Observer, Tuesday, February 24 2009
Two Robeson inmates fight in jail cell
A staff report
LUMBERTON - An argument between two Robeson County jail inmates over the Lumbee and Cherokee Indians ended in a fight Monday morning, jail officials said.
Jail officials found Frederick Sherman Locklear, 24, of the 400 block of Ingle Drive in Red Springs, and Kenryn Lee McMillian, 26, of Pembroke, bleeding in their cells.
Locklear was sent to Southeastern Regional Medical Center for minor injuries. He was treated and released, said Maj. Terry Harris, the chief jailer.
McMillian was treated at the jail.
The fight occurred about 2 a.m. Monday.
The men were arguing about the Cherokee's position that the Lumbees are not an Indian tribe, according to a jail official. One of the men is Lumbee; the other is Cherokee.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee opposes legislation to give federal recognition to the Lumbees. The legislation could bring millions in federal aid to the tribe. Cherokee leaders said recognizing the tribe legislatively would undermine the culture and political integrity of other tribes. The Cherokee also have questioned the Lumbee's identity.
The jail fight remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed, Harris said.
Locklear is in jail on first-degree murder and assault charges. McMillian is in jail on first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and drug charges.
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