This article discusses the concept of political recognition (both federal and state) of Indian tribes; explains the difference between administrative and legislative recognition; examines who is or should be empowered to extend federal recognition, the Congress or the executive branch; discusses the major factors that have compelled the Lumbees to seek federal recognition when they were already acknowledged by the state; and examines the major factors that have precluded them from securing complete federal recognition.
Copyright © 1993 Oxford University of Press. This article first appeared in Publius: The Journal of Federalism (October 1993), 123-142.
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Wilkins, David E. “Breaking Into the Intergovernmental Matrix: The Lumbee Tribe’s Efforts to Secure Federal Acknowledgement.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 23, no. 4 (October 1993), 123-142.