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Native American Affairs

About the Native American Affairs Initiative

Native American FamilyThe South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs was created in 1993 by the General Assembly to provide the citizens of the State with a single point of contact for information regarding the State’s minority population.

In 2001, the Native American Affairs Ad Hoc Committee was created and housed at the Commission with the goal of establishing an Indian Affairs Commission for the State of South Carolina through collaboration with the Commission. Through the hard work an dedication of the Ad Hoc Committee, The Commission’s statute was changed adding the Native American Affairs Initiative under the duties of the Commission. Since 2003, the Commission has been committed to strengthening the relationships between South Carolina’s Native American Indian communities and government.

The Commission carries out it’s duties under Chapter 31, Title 1 of the SC Code of Laws of 1976, Section 1-31-40(A)(6)(10) and Chapter 139, Article 1 of the Code of Regulations which include but are not limited to the following:

  • influencing public policy and state services;
  • maintaining an advisory committee;
  • development and implementation of statistical data;
  • addressing the needs of the population; and 
  • state recognition of Native American entitites.

Our Vision

All Native American citizens of South Carolina and their communities will be treated equitably and see economic prosperity through recognition, policy changes, collaboration, educational initiatives, and increased public awareness of the significant contributions that Native Americans have made to South Carolina’s rich cultural heritage.

Our Mission

To establish the framework to ensure social equity and economic prosperity for all Native American Indian citizens throughout the state of South Carolina through policy change, education, and increased awareness.

CMA Program Services

  • Information and Referral
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Techincal Assistance 
  • Capacity Building
  • Cultural Diversity Training
  • Minority Population Specific Tranining
  • Organizational Development
  • Business Development
  • State Recognition for Native American Entities

CMA Native American Affairs Program Organization

Native American Affairs Initiative Organizational Chart

Native American Affairs Initiative Organizational Responsibilities

Native American Affairs Initiative Organizational Flow & Responsibilities Chart

Census 2020 Native American Indian and Alaskan Native Outreach

The My Tribal Area data tool allows easy access to select demographic and economic statistics for each of the nation’s tribal areas. This data comes from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, and include statistics on population, jobs, housing, economy, and education.

My Tribal Area provides comprehensive maps, data profiles and downloadable features for each tribal area.

Native American Legislation

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is the State of South Carolina’s official point of contact for Native American Indian Affairs. We serve as the Indian Affairs Commission for the State as listed with the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Governors’ Interstate Indian Council and various states’ Indian Affairs Commissions.

The Institute assists in preparation of plans for the alleviation of such needs by presenting information to policy makers and appropriate officials of local, state, and federal governments. All legislation concerning the Native American Indian population of South Carolina, is reviewed through the Institute.

  • 2017-2018 Bill 3177: Native American Indian Groups, download the document (.docx)
  • SC State Recognition Legislation
  • Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990
  • SC Native American Indian Marriage Law
  • SC Wild Turkey Feathers in Native American Indian Arts Law
  • 2011 House and Senate Concurrent Resolution: Support of the Return of Native American Indian Remains to Descendants

Native American Resources

CMA’s SC Native American Indian Business Directory and Resource Guide

CMA’s SC Native American Indian Educational Resource Guide

Native American Affairs Short Summary January 2011

Native American Heritage Month Calendar 2017

Native American Affairs Brochure

Older Veteran Behavioral Health Resource Inventory

SCDVC Outreach Toolkit