January 23, 2017

Lumbee Tribal Council barred from tribal HQ

PEMBROKE, N.C. (AP) – A free-for-all for control of a North Carolina Indian tribe’s government now includes the day-to-day administrator barring council members from the headquarters building.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that the ongoing power struggle has spread to Administrator Tony Hunt barring the Tribal Council from the Pembroke headquarters. Hunt says he moved after council Speaker Pearlean Revels retook her seat despite a tribal Supreme Court order barring her from office for five years.

The conflict dating to last year has pitted the Tribal Council against Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks over the Lumbee’s budget, administration of its housing programs and the council’s access to financial records.

Brooks accused Revels of theft in August after she took financial records from the tribal headquarters. A larceny charge against her was dismissed in September.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com