Nakell explains why Tuscarora Native Americans rejected the Lumbee name: the federal government's 1956 Lumbee Act recognized the tribe but failed to give it the full benefits of this designation. Tuscaroras, then, saw the Lumbee name as a barrier between them and these benefits. The Tuscaroras may have needed help more than Lumbees—many of them were rural and uneducated. Nakell regrets that the Tuscaroras and Lumbees could not work together.