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Native American Affairs

New Native American Resources:




Marcy Hayden


Welcome. Explore our website to learn more about South Carolina’s Native American communities, vital initiatives and the Commission’s work in Native American Affairs.

If you have questions or need additional information contact the Native American Affairs Coordinator, Marcy L. Hayden.

(803) 832-8165

Welcome to the CMA’s Native American Affairs Initiative!

The Native American Affairs Initiative, established in 2003 at the SC Commission for Minority Affairs, exists to serve as a liaison to federal, state, and local government units as well as private organizations on behalf of Native American persons in this state.

The CMA serves as a single point of contact for Native American Indian Affairs and State Recognition for South Carolina. Our purpose is to be a catalyst that brings social equity and economic prosperity through policy change, education and increased awareness.

The Commission carries out its 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
  •  Facilitating state recognition of tribes

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