North Carolina Native American Tribes and Organizations to Receive $10 Million in State Funding

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Native American communities in North Carolina will receive a total of $10 million in government funding this year to support pandemic recovery assistance programs and services. This year’s state budget allocated funds to each of the state-recognized tribes and tribal organizations. Non-recurring funds will be disbursed by the Office of Pandemic Recovery within the Office of Budget and State Management. The North Carolina Department of Administration’s Indian Affairs Commission has also received general purpose funds to support new research on the impact of the pandemic on North Carolina tribes.

“This is great news for our many indigenous tribes and organizations devastated by the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Secretary of Administration Pamela Brewington Cashwell. “While the money cannot replace the lives lost, we hope this funding will help build or restore vital programs and services that are helping individuals and families recover from the pandemic.”

  • $715,285 to seven state-recognized Native American tribes: Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Waccamaw-Siouan under the American Rescue Plan Act
  • $4,000,000 to be split among the seven tribes on a per capita basis
  • $250,000 to each of the following Native American urban organizations: Cumberland County Association for Indian People, Guilford Native American Association, Metrolina Native American Association and Triangle Native American Society
  • $73,000 in general appropriation funds to the Indian Affairs Commission for a time-limited COVID-19 pandemic analyst

Commemorating 51 years of service to tribal communities, the North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission is an active voice for North Carolina’s eight recognized tribes, advocating for issues affecting Native communities and providing resources to help individuals and their families.

To learn more about the Indian Affairs Commission, visit NCDOA website for information.

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About the NCDOA and the NC Indian Affairs Commission

The North Carolina Department of Administration acts as the business manager of the North Carolina state government. Under Secretary Pamela B. Cashwell, the department oversees government operations and advocacy programs. The department’s advocacy programs help promote and assist various segments of the state’s population that have been traditionally underserved. The North Carolina Indian Affairs Commission advocates for the needs of Native American residents of North Carolina. It administers programs and services to Native American communities across the state, including education and resources to aid in social and economic development. The Commission also works to address disparities and promote unity between Native American and non-Indian communities.

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