Jourdan Bennett-Begaye and Kolby KickingWoman
Lumbee Recognition Act
Why are we here?
In 1885, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina received state recognition. Three years later, the tribe petitioned Congress for full recognition but the request was referred to the Department of the Interior which denied full recognition saying the tribe was too large and there was not enough money to provide services.
Far from the old mentality of ‘fortress conservation’ that deemed only empty landscapes as adequately protected, a new era of Indigenous-led conservation is not only better at protecting wild places but embraces the communities and cultures that have stewarded these lands since time immemorial
Members of the Coastal Guardian Watchmen inspect their crab traps near Bella Bella, B.C. Photo: Louise Whitehouse / The Narwhal