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Native American Affairs Division


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                                                              Photo Credit: Native American South Carolina Archives (NASCA)

About the Native American Affairs Division

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 and 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 entities.

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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
  • Technical Assistance 
  • Capacity Building
  • Cultural Diversity Training
  • Minority Population Specific Training
  • Organizational Development
  • Business Development
  • State Recognition for Native American Entities


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SC Commission for Minority Affairs Recognizes the Culture, History and Contributions of Native Americans Throughout November

The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs is commemorating Native American Heritage Month with a social media campaign highlighting the importance of preserving Native culture, being Native with a disability, powwows and local tribal members.

To view the month-long celebration, visit the agency's ​Facebook or  Instagram pages.

Happy Native American Heritage Month! 

2022 Native American Heritage Month Proclamation from Governor Henry McMaster / Calendar of Events

NOTE: This banner for Native American Heritage Month was hand drawn by Public Information Coordinator, Andrea Flores. Surrounding the banner are various facets of Native American culture: Catawba pottery, fry bread, corn, a feather, beaded earrings, and sacred tobacco.

Celebrate Native American Heritage graphic

Celebrate Native American Heritage Every Month

For Native Americans, October and November can be busy and emotionally taxing months as these are when Columbus / Indigenous Peoples Day and Halloween (where so many still decide to use Native American culture as a costume) are held. Native American Heritage Month begins the day after Halloween and is essentially wrapped up by Thanksgiving (another culturally complicated holiday). Additionally, all of this takes place against the backdrop of football season, which means Native American mascots and the ongoing tension related to them.

While, like all cultures, Native American history is filled with pain, frustration and mourning, it is also a time of celebration, reflection, and education. It is important to remember that issues facing contemporary American Indians do not disappear once November ends. As such, do not let November be the only time of year that our nation’s first inhabitants and stewards of this land are remembered. We must celebrate Native American cultures and heritages in November and every other month of the year!

Here are some resources we found to help you celebrate Native American heritage and resilience in November and every other month of the year:  

  1. You can find all of the websites and contact information for State Recognized entities here: 

  2. Be sure to check the Native American Studies Center at the University of South Carolina, Lancaster:

  3. The Commission for Minority Affairs also has various resources and upcoming events listed:

  4. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has information and virtual events:

  5. The National Congress of American Indians:

  6. The Native Learning Center offers free webinars and other learning opportunities: 

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.

Resources for Teachers and Educators

National Museum of the American Indian Book List
Curriculum and Teaching Aids
Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA)
Molly of Denali

Indian Country Today Article

PBS Website