Commission of Indian Affairs

What We Do

The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs was created in 1971 by the North Carolina General Assembly in response to the requests of concerned Indian citizens from across the state. The Commission was established pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes 143B-404 through 143B-411. 

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NC Tribal and Urban Communities Map

Statistics

30Historic Tribal Communities in North Carolina American Indians of North Carolina lived in approximately 30 communities that were geographically separated by three linguistic families. They were: The Iroquoian, Siouan and Algonquian. The Historic tribes that existed in North Carolina include: The Chowanoke, Croatoan, Hatteras, Moratoc, Secotan, Weapemeoc, Machapunga, Pamlico, Coree, Neusiok, Tuscarora, Meherrin, Cherokee, Cape Fear, Catawba, Shakori, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Waccamaw, Waxhaw, Woccon, Cheraw, Eno, Keyauwee, Occaneechi, Saponi, Wateree, Yeopim, Pasquotank, Perquiman, Poteskeet and Tutelo.
184Thousand Native Americans in NC According to the 2010 US Census, North Carolina’s American Indian population totals more than 122,110, giving the state the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi and the eighth largest in the nation.
14Thousand Years of Indian Heritage in NC Archaeological evidence indicates that Indians were living in the area now called North Carolina at least 12,000 years ago. Indians of what is now the Virginia and North Carolina coast were hosts to the first English-speaking explorers and settlers. Overall, Indians of North Carolina numbered in the tens of thousands, including more than 30 tribes geographically separated by three linguistic families.

Indian Mascots in NC Schools

Cultural sensitivity, along with Cultural Diversity should be a priority and part of the education process! There are 22 school districts, with a total of 36 schools, in the state of North Carolina that still have Indian-themed mascots/logos/names. This includes 10 elementary, 1 K-8, 1 intermediate, 10 middle, and 14 high schools. There are also a number of other schools (not included in this listing) that use terms such as Warriors and Braves but do not have an Indian-themed mascot/logo.

American Indians should NOT be portrayed as "MASCOTS".

The NC Commission of Indian Affairs and the NC State Board of Education has taken action to eliminated the use of American Indian Mascots in North Carolina. See this website for details regarding the State Board of Educations position regarding this matter.

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Contact

Physical Address

North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
116 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Mailing Address

1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1317

Telephone

919-807-4440