Did you know that North Carolina has the largest population of Indigenous peoples East of the Mississippi River? With eight officially recognized tribes in total, we collectively acknowledge that every land transaction we participate in takes place on the traditional lands of these people. The ancestors of these tribes were here long before English settlers made their way from Manteo to the Appalachian mountain range.
Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee, NC near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Harnett and Sampson counties.
Halifax and Warren counties near Rocky Mount
Recognized in NC since 1965 + currently has ~3,800 members, with 80% living within a six-mile radius of the town of Hollister.
Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland, and Scotland counties
With 55,000+ members — NC’s largest recognized tribe and the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River. Currently seeking federal designations through the Lumbee Recognition Act
, which was introduced to Congress in 2019 by Rep. G.K. Butterfield.
Hertford County near the Albemarle Sound
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
Alamance County ~40 minutes from downtown Durham
Person County along the Virginia state line
Columbus and Bladen counties ~45 minutes from Wilmington
Land acknowledgements are an important reminder that we live in a “history-driven present”.
With the utmost respect, we thank these communities, specifically the Shakori and Occoneechee in our local areas, for their continued commitment to protecting this land and her resources and we aspire to uphold that pledge.
Interested in learning more? The Native Land App uses GPS satellites to connect you to the history and current tribal news of indigenous peoples wherever you go in the United States.
For more details on land acknowledgements in general, this article
explains further. You can also visit NC’s Department of Indian Affairs (geez that needs a name change) here