NC Commission of Indian Affairs

NC Commission of Indian Affairs Board

History of the Commission

The NC Commission of Indian Affairs was established to: deal fairly and effectively with Indian affairs; utilize local, State, and federal resources to provide aid and protection for Indians as needs are demonstrated; hold land in trust for the benefit of State-recognized Indian tribes; assist Indian communities in social and economic development; and to promote recognition of and the right of Indians to pursue cultural and religious traditions considered by them to be sacred and meaningful to Native Americans.

NCDOA Division of Indian Affairs

Legislation

About the Commission

The Commission of Indian Affairs consists of 28 members: 21 representatives of the American Indian community, two representatives appointed by the General Assembly (in accordance with NCGS § 120-121, vacancies filled in accordance with NCGS § 120-122), and 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 each.

The following American Indian communities have members on the commission selected by tribal or community consent from the Indian groups that are recognized by the State of North Carolina:

  • 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
  • The Cumberland County Association for Indian People
  • The Guilford Native Americans
  • The Metrolina Native Americans
  • The Occaneechi Band of the Sapponi Nation
  • The Triangle Native American Society

Meet the Commission Chair

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Rev. Ricky Burnett chairman of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs on July 31, 2019. The Honorable Brooke Clark, District Court Judge, for Judicial District 16B, Robeson County, NC, conducted the swearing-in ceremony during the annual meeting of the Commission on Sept. 20, 2019, in Raleigh.

Burnett is the 10th person to hold this position since the Commission’s establishment in 1972.

Rev. Ricky Burnett was appointed to the NC Commission of Indian Affairs by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina in March of 2017 to complete the term of Daniel Jones. He has served on the following Committees since his initial appointment to the Commission: Indian Housing, Cultural Resources and Indian Land Trust.

He is a pastor at Pleasant View Baptist Church in Fairmont, NC and is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He is currently serving as Speaker of the Tribal Council. Burnett is also very active on the North Carolina Pow-Wow Circuit where he has served as Arena Director and Pow-Wow Coordinator. He is also a military veteran.

Meeting Information

Next Public Meeting

 

2023 Meeting Dates
March 9, 2023
June 2, 2023 (Work Session)
Sept. 1, 2023  
Dec. 1, 2023

 

Date Meeting Minutes
Sept. 2, 2022 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 2-3, 2022 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 10, 2022 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Jan. 27, 2022 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Dec. 3, 2021 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 3, 2021 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 4, 2021 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 11, 2021 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Dec. 4, 2020 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 4, 2020 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 5, 2020 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 12, 2020 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Dec. 6, 2019 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 20, 2019 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
July 26, 2019 Public Hearing
June 7, 2019 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 7, 2019 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Dec. 7, 2018 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 7, 2018 (2 of 2) CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 7, 2018 (1 of 2) CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
July 11, 2018 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
May 31-June1, 2018 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved 
March 1, 2018 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved on July 11, 2018
Dec. 1, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 1, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 2, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 9, 2017 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Dec. 2, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Sept. 2, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
June 3, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
March 10, 2016 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
Dec. 4, 2015 CIA Meeting Minutes Approved
2015 September  June  March

2023 Commission Members

Name Representing Appointment Date Term Expires
Lenora Locklear Coharie July 1, 2021 June 30, 2024
Isabell Freeman-Elliott Coharie July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025
Gladys Hunt Cumberland County Association for Indian People July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025
Helen Cook Cumberland County Association for Indian People July 1, 2021 June 30, 2024
Joshua Rory Welch Eastern Band of the Cherokee July 1, 2021 June 30, 2023
Carolyn West Eastern Band of the Cherokee July 1, 2020 June 30, 2023
DeVane Burnette, Sr. Guilford Native American Association July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025
Sheila Kay (Epps) Wilson Guilford Native American Association April 21, 2021 June 30, 2023
Alfred Richardson Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe October 18, 2022 June 30, 2025
Pamela Sunshine Richardson Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe June 22, 2022 June 30, 2024
Ricky Burnett (chair) Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2021 June 30, 2024
Larece Hunt Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2017 June 30, 2023
Vernanda (Vee) Oxendine Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025
Constance B Mitchell Meherrin Indian Tribe July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025
Walter David Baucom Metrolina Native American Association July 1, 2021 June 30, 2024
Rebecca LaClaire Metrolina Native American Association July 1, 2020 June 30, 2023
William Anthony (Tony) Hayes Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation July 1, 2020 June 30, 2023
Dorothy Stewart Yates Sappony Tribe July 1, 2011 June 30, 2023
Craig D. McMillian Speaker of the House Appointee July 13, 2022 June 30, 2024
Danny Bell Triangle Native American Society July 1, 2021 June 30, 2024
Elton Ray Jacobs Waccamaw Siouan Tribe June 1, 2020 June 30, 2023
Nadine F. Patrick Waccamaw Siouan Tribe July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025
Gerald Goolsby President Pro Tem Appointee July 1, 2021 June 30, 2023

Officers

Name Position Tribe / Organization Appointment Date Term Expires
Ricky Burnett Chairman Lumbee Tribe July 1, 2021 June 30, 2024
Dorothy Stewart Yates Vice-Chairman Sappony Tribe July 1, 2017 June 30, 2023
Nadine Patrick Secretary/Treasurer Waccamaw Siouan Tribe July 1, 2022 June 30, 2025

State Officials

Official Department Designee
Secretary Pamela Brewington Cashwell NC Department of Administration David Elliott
Commissioner Josh Dobson NC Department of Labor Julie Ryan
Secretary Machelle Sanders NC Department of Commerce Betty Marrow-Taylor
Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser NC Department of Environment Quality Sharon Martin
Secretary Kody H. Kinsley NC Department of Health and Human Services Debra Farrington 

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) Kaloni Walton, Co-Chair and
Dylan Hammonds, Co-Chair
NC Native American Council on Higher Education (NCNACOHE) Joshua Lamar Richardson