The largest group of native Americans east of the Mississippi is also the most
mysterious. They are the Lumbee people of eastern North Carolina. Because they
were able to quickly adapt to the white European culture they were neither
exterminated nor exiled. They live among others as teachers lawyers, and
farmers. They have never been assigned to a reservation or made wards of the
state. They have a different appearance than other native Americans. This has
led some to conclude that the Lost Colony of Sir Walter Raleigh still lives in
the Lumbee people; that Indians of coastal North Carolina blended with the
white settlers from that colony lost to history in 1587. This has never been
proved, for the Lumbee people have no record of their history, either written
or oral. Their origin is a mystery. The origin of the people of God is,
however, no mystery. God called those who were not a people His people; and men
and women of “every tribe and tongue and nation” are a part of the
“holy nation” the people of God.
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