American Indian Affairs - NC Tribes, DOA Programs & Services

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THRIVE Digest Business Newsletter

The Commission of Indian Affairs has created a quarterly business newsletter to empower American Indian communities with the knowledge and resources needed for economic success.

Read the first THRIVE Digest

Good Medicine Health Newsletter

The Commission of Indian Affairs has created a quarterly newsletter dedicated to health and human services for North Carolina's American Indians.

Read the second Good Medicine newsletter

The Commission

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.

Meetings, members, minutes

Learn more about the Commission

A Commission of Indian Affairs member speaks during a meeting

Programs & Services.

May 5 is the Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 5 as a Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to show support and raise awareness on the disproportionate rate of American Indian and Alaska Native women who have disappeared or lost their lives due to acts of violence.

Learn more about MMIW Day

Indian Child Welfare

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.

Learn more .


NC Tribal and Urban Organizations Map

NC Tribal and UrbanCommunities Map graphic

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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.

Places to Go Things to Know
Visit Town Creek Indian Mound Disaster Preparedness and Recovery
Visit American Indian Town American Indian Health Topics
Frisco Native American Museum Overcoming COVID-19
Museum of the Cherokee Indian Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Report
Museum of the Southeast American Indian Missing & Murdered Indigenous People Crisis - U.S. Dept. of Interior
  UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology Resources
  Indigenous Food Sovereignty Initiative with USDA

Contact the Commission of Indian Affairs

Contact Us

Call: 984-236-0160
Fax: 984-236-0185
Staff Listing

Mailing Address

North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1317

Physical Address

Albemarle Building
325 N. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603