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The Role Of Pivotal 'Swing Tribes' Like The Lumbee In North Carolina

Harrison Revels (L) and his cousin Courtney Baxter, members of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina, wait for a tribal dance on the National Mall after the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Harrison Revels (L) and his cousin Courtney Baxter, members of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina, wait for a tribal dance on the National Mall after the grand opening of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2004. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

As the presidential election nears, all eyes are on battleground states like North Carolina. Analysts say the state is split between big cities with more moderate voters of color and more white, conservative rural cities and towns.

Robeson County could be a key exception and one to watch. It’s one of the most diverse counties in the country and home to the Lumbee Tribe.

Here & Now talks with Lumbee Chairman Harvey Godwin on the role of the Lumbee as a pivotal “swing tribe” in this year’s election.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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