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November 5, 2013

American Indian Heritage Month

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mary Schiller @ 5:00 am

The Governor of NC has proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month! 

Did you know – North Carolina has the largest population of American Indians East of the Mississippi River and the 7th largest population in America?  According to the 2010 Census, there are 122,100 American Indians in North Carolina! 

American Indians live in each of our state’s 100 counties however, approximately 80 percent of the American Indian population resides in 11 counties – Columbus, Cumberland, Guilford, Halifax, Hoke, Jackson, Mecklenburg, Robeson, Scotland, Swain and Wake. 

With more than 55,000 members residing in Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland and Scotland counties, the Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River, and the ninth largest in the nation. The Lumbee take their name from the Lumber River originally known as “The Lumbee,” which winds its way through Robeson County.  Their Tribal Logo is:

Lumbee_Tribe_Of_North_Carolina_Tribal_Logo

Other North Carolina Tribes include:  Cohaire, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, Haliwa-Saponi, Meherrin,  Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw Siouan.

Please join our Governor in recognizing, celebrating and appreciating the American Indian Heritage!  For information about the American Indian Tribes in North Carolina visit the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs here.  To learn more about the 18th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration in Raleigh, click here and if you are interested in attending one of the many Pow-Wows happening across our state click here.

Cherokee Pow Wow

Cherokee Festival Pow Wow

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