GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2019-162
SENATE BILL 218
AN ACT TO amend the state RECOGNITION of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, to make changes regarding the conveyance of the lumbee tribe cultural CENTER, AND TO ESTABLISH THE LUMBEE TRIBE OF NORTH CAROLINA TRUST FUND.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 71A‑3 reads as rewritten:
"§ 71A‑3. Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina; rights, privileges, immunities, obligations and duties.
The Indians now residing in Robeson
and adjoining counties of North Carolina, originally found by the first white
settlers on the Lumbee River in Robeson County, and claiming joint descent from
remnants of early American Colonists and certain tribes of Indians originally
inhabiting the coastal regions of North Carolina, who have previously been known
as "Croatan Indians," "Indians of Robeson County," and
"Cherokee Indians of Robeson County," shall, from and after April 20,
1953, be designated and officially recognized as Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
and shall continue to enjoy all rights, privileges and immunities
them as citizens of the State as now provided by law, and shall continue to be
subject to all the obligations and duties of citizens under the law.as
an American Indian Tribe with a recognized tribal governing body carrying out and
exercising substantial governmental duties and powers similar to the State,
being recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by
the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians."
SECTION 2. Section 1 of S.L. 2013‑186 reads as rewritten:
"SECTION 1. Definitions. – The following definitions apply in this act:
(1) Indian Cultural Center
site. – Parcel 1, less and except approximately 110 acres for the use and
operation of the Riverside Golf Course within Parcel 1, as well as Parcel 2,
Parcel 3, and Parcel 4, all of which are located in Maxton Township, Robeson
and which is more particularly described in the conveyance to the Lumbee Tribe
of North Carolina in Book 1949, Page 149, Robeson County Registry.
(2) Parcel 1. – 386.69 acres, more or less, by deed from the Riverside Country Club of Pembroke, Inc., dated April 14, 1983, recorded in Book 533, Page 164, Robeson County Registry and by deed dated August 24, 1984, recorded in Book 563, Page 254, Robeson County Registry.
(3) Parcel 2. – 91.5 acres, more or less, by deed from Evelyn S. Morgan Abbott, dated March 25, 1988, recorded in Book 575, Page 523, Robeson County Registry.
(4) Parcel 3. – 10 acres, more or less, by deed from H.C. Locklear, et ux, dated December 12, 1985, recorded in Book 586, Page 142, Robeson County Registry.
(5) Parcel 4. – 42.50 acres, more or less, by deed from Ronald Revels and wife, Dorisetta Revels, dated December 17, 1996, recorded in Book 931, Page 415, Robeson County Registry."
SECTION 3. Section 4 of S.L. 2013‑186 reads as rewritten:
"SECTION 4. Sale of Parcel 1. – (a) The Department of Administration shall first offer Parcel 1 to the Lumbee Tribal Administration for purchase, subject to the following restrictive covenants that would run with the land, a violation of any of which would result in the property reverting to State ownership:
(1) The land must be made and remain open and available for public use.
(2) The land must be made and remain available for use by North Carolina tribes and American Indian urban organizations for free or at cost.
(3) The parcel cannot be subdivided.
(4) The natural resources cannot be sold or leased.
If any provision of this subsection or its application is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this subsection that can be given effect without the invalid provisions or application, and to this end the provisions of this subsection are severable."
SECTION 4. All funds received from the sale or lease of natural resources from the property described as Parcel 1 in S.L. 2013‑186, as amended by Sections 2 and 3 of this act, shall be deposited into the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund established by G.S. 147‑69.6A and may only be expended pursuant to the conditions of that fund.
SECTION 5. G.S. 147‑69.2(a) reads as rewritten:
"(a) This section applies to funds held by the State Treasurer to the credit of each of the following:
(22) The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund."
SECTION 6. Article 6 of Chapter 147 of the General Statutes is amended by adding a new section to read:
"§ 147‑69.6A. Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund.
(a) The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund is established as a special fund in the Office of the State Treasurer under the management of the Treasurer. The Fund shall consist of all funds received by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina for the sale or lease of natural resources from the property described as Parcel 1 in S.L. 2013‑186 and the interest and other investment income earned by the Fund. Contributions to the Fund are irrevocable. Assets in the Fund may be disbursed only to the Lumbee Tribal Administration for the purposes provided in this section.
(b) The State Treasurer shall disburse to the Lumbee Tribal Administration amounts requested by the Lumbee Tribal Administration for one of the following purposes if the stated conditions are met:
(1) For the payment of property taxes on the described property, upon receipt of a property tax bill issued by the taxing unit.
(2) For the reforestation of the described property under the supervision of a consulting forester registered pursuant to Chapter 89B of the General Statutes, upon receipt of an invoice for (i) the services of the consulting forester or (ii) the purchase and installation of seedlings or saplings.
(c) The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund is subject to the oversight of the State Auditor pursuant to Article 5A of Chapter 147 of the General Statutes.
(d) The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Trust Fund and the income therefrom shall not take the place of or be counted against any other State appropriations or program providing funds or disbursements to the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina."
SECTION 7. This act is effective when it becomes law.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 16th day of July, 2019.
s/ Ralph E. Hise
Presiding Officer of the Senate
s/ Tim Moore
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Roy Cooper
Approved 2:52 p.m. this 25th day of July, 2019