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THE SPIKE

Alphabetical Index of State Recognized Tribes

The state recognition of tribes has gotten completely out of hand and meaningless. States, thinking that there may be Federal Funding for state recognition coming to their state or in an attempt to bring casinos to their state so they can get some of the droppings, are passing out state recognition freely and without any attempt at defining the cultural heritage of the groups. It will only get worse.

STATE-RECOGNIZED TRIBES & CONTACTS

(TDSA)=1990 Tribal Designated Statistical Area

(R)=Reservation

Alabama (6)

POARCH BAND OF CREEK INDIANS

ECHOTA CHEROKEE TRIBE OF ALABAMA

CHEROKEE TRIBE OF NORTHEAST ALABAMA

MACHIS LOWER CREEK INDIAN TRIBE

STAR CLAN OF MUSCOGEE CREEKS

CHEROKEES OF SOUTHEAST ALABAMA


MOWA BAND OF CHOCTAW INDIANS

PIQUA SEPT OF OHIO SHAWNEE

UNITED CHEROKEE INTERTRIBAL


Connecticut (3)

Golden Hill Paugussett (R),

[Paucatuck Eastern Pequot and Schagticoke in despute with Federal Recognition findings, state legislators and state organizations.]


Delaware (1)

Nanticoke Indian Association
Individually Recognized by Delaware Code 29, Section 105

http://delcode.delaware.gov/title29/c001/index.shtml

§ 105. Nanticoke Indians; proof of descent; recognition.

(a) The class of people known as the descendants of the Nanticoke Indians, formerly of Sussex County but at present located in the several counties of this State, who desire to migrate, may appear before any justice of the peace or notary public of this State and, on the evidence and proof that the person belongs to or is a descendant of the Nanticoke Indians, may procure from such justice or notary a certificate reciting such facts.

(b) The descendants of the Nanticoke Indians named in subsection (a) of this section shall be recognized as such within this State. (22 Del. Laws, c. 470, §§ 1, 2; Code 1915, § 3563; Code 1935, § 4053; 29 Del. C. 1953, § 105; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1.)


Georgia (3)

Georgia Eastern Cherokee, Cherokee of Georgia, Lower Muskogee Creek (R), Tama Tribal Town.


Louisiana (5)

Choctaw-Apache of Ebarb (TDSA), Caddo Tribe, Clifton Choctaw (TDSA), Four Winds Cherokee, United Houma Nation (TDSA).


Maryland (2)

Piscataway Indian Nation, Piscataway Conoy Confederacy, and the Cedarville Band of Piscataway


Massachusetts (3)

Tribes: Gay Head Wampanoag, Mashpee Wampanoag and Nipmuc


Michigan (3)

Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians, Swan Creek Black River Confederate Tribe.


Montana (1)

Little Shell Chippewa Tribe.


New Jersey

Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, Powhatan Renape, Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation


New York (2)

Shinnecock (R), Poospatuck (R).


North Carolina (9)

Coharie (TDSA ), Haliwa-Saponi (TDSA), Lumbee (TDSA), Meherrin (TDSA),
Indians of Person County, Waccamaw-Siouan (TDSA), Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation


Ohio (1)

Shawnee
www.zaneshawneecaverns.net


South Carolina (2)

Waccamaw - Horry County, Pee Dee Nation of Upper South Carolina - Dillon County, Caulder’s Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina, Beaver Creek Indians, Santee Indian Organization.

(The Eastern Cherokees, based in Oconee County, and the Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians, based in Berkeley County, are approved only as Native American Indian groups, a classification with slightly less stringent requirements.)

(Chaloklowa Chickasaw Indian People and the Fields Indian Family-Pine Hill Indians are not recognized as tribes because they do not meet standards proving their historical basis.)


Vermont (2)

Elnu Abenaki, in Windham County
Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation in Northeastern Vermont.


Virginia (11)

Mattaponi 17th century Banks of the Mattaponi River, King William County
Pamunkey 17th century Banks of the Pamunkey River, King William County
Chickahominy 1983 Charles City County
Eastern Chickahominy 1983 New Kent County
Rappahannock 1983 Indian Neck, King & Queen County
Upper Mattaponi 1983 King William County
Nansemond 1985 Cities of Suffolk and Chesapeake
Monacan Indian Nation 1989 Bear Mountain, Amherst County
Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) 2010 Courtland, Southampton County
Nottoway of Virginia 2010 Capron, Southampton County
Patawomeck 2010 Stafford County

Yeah. Pretty incredible. Eleven tribes. Got a tribe you want recognized in Virginia? Now's your chance. No. I don't know why this is happening. Go figure. How about we just do away with state recognition. It's certainly getting abused. While we're at it, let's do away with Federal Recognition in asmuch as it relates to our tax dollars. No jobs where you're at? Move.


West Virginia (1)

Tribes: See note below.

Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia

I would like to acknowledge the help received from the Census Bureau in compiling this list. Unfortunately, they erred on some of their data. They originally claimed that Massachusetts had several state recognized tribes and also claimed West Virginia had the tribe above. This is erroneous. The AAIWV is not a tribe at all.