North Carolina is home to the largest number of Native Americans east of the Mississippi. The state is home to 

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over 100,000 indigenous peoples including the Coharee, Eastern Band of the Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Mahherrin, Sappony, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation and Waccamaw-Siouan.

The Lumbee-Cheraw tribe, the largest unrecognized group of Native Americans east of the Mississippi.  The Lumbee are a very active tribe seeking recognition of its people, and the federal benefits that would go along with that recognition.  It is the largest native group in the state, with a population reaching over 50,000 people.

 

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