About the Commission of Indian Affairs

The Commission of Indian Affairs consists of 21 representatives of the American Indian community, two representatives appointed by the General Assembly, one representative or their designee appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Administration, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources and the Commissioner of Labor.

These American Indian members are selected by tribal or community consent from the Indian groups that are recognized by the State of North Carolina and are principally geographically located as follows: the Coharie of Sampson and Harnett Counties; the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation; the Haliwa Saponi of Halifax, Warren, and adjoining counties; the Lumbee of Robeson, Hoke and Scotland Counties; the Meherrin of Hertford County; the Waccamaw-Siouan from Columbus and Bladen Counties; the Sappony; and the Native Americans located in Cumberland, Guilford and Mecklenburg Counties. The Coharie shall have two members; the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, two; the Haliwa Saponi, two; the Lumbee, three; the Meherrin, one; the Waccamaw-Siouan, two; the Sappony Indian Tribe, one; the Cumberland County Association for Indian People, two; the Guilford Native Americans, two; the Metrolina Native Americans, two; Occaneechi Band of the Sapponi Nation,one; Triangle Native American Society, one. .

Of the two appointments made by the General Assembly, one shall be made upon the recommendation of the Speaker, and one shall be made upon recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Appointments by the General Assembly shall be made in accordance with NCGS § 120-121 and vacancies shall be filled in accordance with NCGS § 120-122.