FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 2, 2012
Vernon Robinson Opposes Lumbee Tribe Full Federal Recognition
Concord, NC – Vernon Robinson, conservative candidate for Congress in NC-8, is the only District 8 candidate standing against full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe. In a GOP debate last week in Concord, Vernon Robinson was the only candidate, among the five, who said he would not support full federal recognition for the Lumbees. Vernon Robinson was interviewed earlier this week by Bob Shiles of the Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton.
Robinson’s stand differs from that of all other GOP contenders for District 8, who side with current Democrat Congressman Larry Kissell on the issue.
“Essentially tribal recognition is reparation benefits for sins committed during the 19th century,” Robinson, of Concord, said. “We should not be handing out group-based benefits in the 21st century. This is bad public policy.”
According to the Robesonian, “The Lumbee Tribe has been recognized by the state of North Carolina since 1885. In 1956, the group received federal recognition but was not granted the financial benefits received by other federally recognized tribes. Full federal recognition of the tribe would mean federal dollars for housing, education, health care and economic development programs to serve tribal members.”
To view the entire story in the Robesonian, please click the link below:
To hear Vernon Robinson explain his policy position on full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe (during the Cabarrus County Republican Women’s GOP debate on February 21), go to 55:40 of the audio clip link below. The applause ends at 56:46.