The General Membership Meeting will be held on December 9th at 2pm at the Sumter County Library at 111 Harvin Street, Sumter, SC.  Anyone that is able to attend is encouraged to do so.  This will be your opportunity to be heard.  The Tribal Council election will take place during this meeting.  If you wish to vote or participate in the discussions concerning the Tribe's business or future activities, please make it a point to attend this meeting. 

"The Sumter Native American Indian Festival" that took place at the Sumter County Museum was a HUGE success. We would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Tribe, their families and friends of the Tribe, whose volunteer efforts made this event such a wonderful experience.  A special thank you to the Edisto River Singers, Chief Hatcher, the dancers and those who  attended in regalia whose presence and talents gave our event a feel of authenticity that would not have been possible without them. The artwork illuminated the talent of our people.  The pictures on display invoked a sense of tradition and nostalgia about those who endured the difficulties of being an Indian in a less enlightened time.  I truly feel sorry for those who were unable to attend. They missed a very touching and enlightening event.  We would also like to thank the Sumter County Cultural Commission for their event grant and for arranging permission to stage the event at the museum.  Trust me when I tell you that it was nice to be able to display the crafts and pictures indoors.  It was a little chilly outside.

Thanks also to all of those who took the time to join us in our cultural celebration.  Your contributions and interest were essential ingredients in the success of the Sumter Native American Indian Cultural Festival.

This project was partially funded through a grant by the Sumter County Cultural Commission which receives support from the John and Susan Bennett Arts Fund of the Coastal Community foundation of SC, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.


*  Our Tribe is officially a non-profit organization!  Any profits realized during any sponsored events are to benefit the Tribe.  Recouping investments are not considered as realizing profits.  Donations (if you care to help fund The Tribe's activities} are now tax deductible.  Forms are available through any Tribal Council Member. 

  • Attention:  Tribal Business Owners  The South Carolina Minority Affairs Office (with the assistance of the Native American Advisory Committee) has compiled a Business Directory for businesses that are owned by registered members of state or federal American Indian tribe members in South Carolina.  For more information on getting listed in this directory, contact Chuck Scott or White Eagle for additional details.
  • The same committee is attempting to secure funding for some type of college scholarship fund for American Indian students who are graduating from high school.  The number of issues to be resolved makes it likely that it might finally be available to someone currently in preschool.  But, we are working on it so I thought to mention it.
  • A bill has been submitted to exempt members of state recognized American Indian Tribes from hunting and fishing license possession requirements.  This bill will also remove restrictions of the sale of cultural art items that contain the preserved remains from game animals.  The bill is currently in some committee's inbox with further action pending but not scheduled.  For the near future, plan to buy a new license when yours expires! :)
  • Adult GED Classes Interest being measured.  If you or someone you know is interested in attending GED classes, please contact me.  At this point, the names aren't even important if you wish to keep that secret but we are trying to determine the level of need.  Well, we know the need is there but we are wondering about how many would participate if classes and/or tutoring were to be made available, free of charge.  This link takes you to the Commission for Minority Affairs  website (which manages American Indian assistance programs as well as other minorities in South Carolina).  Follow this link to see what government programs you may be eligible for.  Remember, not only are you a member of a state recognized American Indian organization, you are also considered a minority and are eligible for most of the minority assistance programs that exists.  If you have any questions, please email me and I will attempt to get you an answer.  It is your right to take advantage of the programs that your status qualifies you for!

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     The website of the ONLY American Indian group in Sumter County that is recognized as such by the state of South Carolina. 

      Happy Veterans Day!  A huge THANK YOU to the men and women who have served or who are currently serving in our incomparable Armed Forces.  Your sacrifices are truly appreciated by those that know what it means to serve.  It is our prayer and wish that you are granted the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms that your service makes possible.  God speed and God Bless you and your families.  At our recent cultural event, Chief Hatcher of the Waccamaw Tribe mentioned that American Indians has the largest proportional membership in the US Armed Forces than any other ethnic group in America.  Be proud of your heritage and the role we gladly fill in protecting our liberty. 

     Nominations have been submitted to the Tribal Council for the members of the next Tribal Council.  The voting for Tribal Council positions will take place on December 9th.  Check the Upcoming Events section for further details.

    We are currently attempting to organize our email address listings for members of the Tribe.  Please email me at if you have not received an email from the Tribe in the last 3 months.  

  If you have noticed that previously posted stories have been removed, fear not.  The texts of the stories have been moved to the ARCHIVES page of the site.  Pending Tribal Council approval, the tentative plan is to create a link to our photo inventory and include it on that page as well. 

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