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Commission Members

Commission Members

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.

Members

Name Representing Appointment Date Term Expires
Lenora Locklear Coharie June 3, 2016 June 30, 2018
Isabell Freeman-Elliott Coharie July 1, 2001 June 30, 2019
Gladys Hunt Cumberland County Association for Indian People July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019
Roy Maynor Cumberland County Association for Indian People July 1, 2003 June 30, 2018
Samuel Lambert Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation May 27, 2003 June 30, 2018
Marvel Welch Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation May 10, 2012 June 30, 2020
DeVane Burnette, Sr. Guilford Native American Association July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019
Jennifer Baxter Guilford Native American Association June 3, 2016 June 30, 2020
C Pete Richardson Haliwa Saponi Indian Tribe July 1, 2012 June 30, 2018
Jeffrey Anstead Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe July 1, 2010 June 30, 2019
Ricky Burnett Lumbee Tribe March 2, 2017 June 30, 2018
Furnie Lambert Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019
Larece Hunt Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2005 June 30, 2020
Constance B Mitchell Meherrin Indian Tribe Sept. 17, 2014 June 30, 2019
Jesse Jacobs Metrolina Native American Association July 1, 2011 June 30, 2020
Walter David Baucom Metrolina Native American Association July 1, 2008 June 30, 2018
William Anthony (Tony) Hayes Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation July 1, 2017 June 30, 2020
Dorothy Crowe Sappony Tribe July 1, 2011 June 30, 2020
Wanda Burns-Ramsey Speaker of the House Appointee July 1, 2014 June 30, 2018
Lana Dial Triangle Native American Society January 5, 2015 June 30, 2018
Elton Ray Jacobs Waccamaw Siouan Tribe July 1, 2011 June 30, 2020
Shirley Freeman Waccamaw Siouan Tribe July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019
Daniel Locklear President Pro Tem Appointee July 1, 2013 September 30, 2019
   

Officers

Name Position Tribe / Organization Appointment Date Term Expires
Furnie Lambert  Chairman Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019
Shirley Freeman Vice-Chairman Waccamaw Siouan Tribe July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019
Isabell Freeman-Elliott Secretary/Treasurer Coharie Tribe July 1, 2013 June 30, 2019

State Officials

Official Department Designee
Secretary Machelle Sanders NC Department of Administration Christy Agner
Commissioner Cherie K. Berry NC Department of Labor Jennifer Haigwood
Dir., Admin. & Gov. Affairs
Secretary Anthony Copeland NC Department of Commerce George Sherrill
Secretary Michael Regan NC Department of Environment Quality John Nicholson
Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen NC Department of Health and Human Services David Locklear

State Official - Ex Officio

Name Position Department
John Mintz, State Archaeologist Advisor Cultural Resources

Youth Ex Officio

Organization Member
NC Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO) Zianne Mackenzie Richardson, Co-Chair and
No Name Submitted, Co-Chair
NC Native American Council on Higher Education (NCNACOHE) No Name Submitted

Meeting Minutes

Date  
December 1, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
September 1, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 2, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 9, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
December 2, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
September 2, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 3, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 10, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
December 4, 2015 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved