American Indian Affairs
DOA Indian Affairs does not validate or administer tribal enrollment.
- Need help with enrollment? Click here to contact the tribe's Enrollment Officer.
May 5 is the Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 5 as a Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to raise awareness about the disproportionate rate of American Indian and Alaska Native women who have disappeared from their homes and lost their lives due to acts of violence.
This day sheds light on the rate of violent crimes against Indigenous women across the state.
Release: Gov. Cooper's proclamation
The NC Commission of Indian Affairs — established to utilize local, State, and federal resources to provide aid and protection for Indians as needs are demonstrated — meets quarterly. The commission is comprised of 28 members, including 21 representatives of the American Indian community.
Indian Child Welfare Initiative
The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 ensures that, for federally recognized tribes, Indian children are placed with Indian families; tribes are given jurisdiction over adoptions and foster care cases, and there are active efforts when working with AI/AN families.
For state-recognized tribes, legislation (NCGS§143B-139.5A) was enacted to facilitate better outcomes for North Carolina’s Native children and has led to improved collaboration with the NCDHHS Division of Social Services and county departments of Social Services (DSS), including changes in state policy and training for DSS social workers.
NC Tribal and Urban Organizations Map
Why 'American Indian?'
It is the policy of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs to use the term American Indian. American Indians are considered the indigenous people of this continent and have been referenced in many long-standing treaties of the U.S. Government. Many state and federal statutes and regulations which refer to the indigenous peoples of the United States as American Indians.
Therefore, the Commission has determined that for consistency it is in our best interest to use the term American Indians in our policies, reports, and legislation. This policy was established by the Commission many years ago to avoid any confusion about to whom we are referring when we refer to the indigenous people of the United States.
North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1317
116 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603