A Pipeline in the Sand, The Bitter Southerner

If its developers succeed, the 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline will run from West Virginia to a terminus in Robeson County, North Carolina — the ancestral land of the Lumbee tribe, the largest Native American community east of the Mississippi River. With their home county looking for any source of jobs, the tribe is wrestling with itself over whether the pipeline should come through.

Two days after this story was published, the Lumbee Tribal Council (which had remained silent about the pipeline since it was announced 3.5 years earlier) passed a resolution to join a lawsuit against the pipeline.


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