The 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.