The Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina, Inc.
Preserving and maintaining our sovereignty, history., heritage and culture for the future generations….
“You must teach you children that the ground beneath their feet is The ashes of our Grandfathers. So that they will respect the Land, tell your children that the Earth is Rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that whatever befalls the Earth Befalls the sons of the Earth. This we know: the Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know: all things are connected. Like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Humans did not weave the web of life We are merely a strand in it. Whatever we do to the web We do to ourselves!”
A private tax-exempt, nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of South Carolina Native American history, culture and heritage.
Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois &
United Tribes or of South Carolina
The Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina, Inc. is organized to promote interest in scholarly research, to foster accurate docu mentation and inspire genealogical, biographical and historical research and heraldry surrounding the Cherokee and other Native American Tribes and individuals of Native American descent of South Carolina.
Goals and Objectives of Organization
- To preserve, present, protect and document Cherokee history, culture and folkways; and
- To maintain, preserve and protect all documents enrollment records and Tribal Council administration of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina. To create an archival repository to care for and collect historical papers that are relative to the Cherokees. To maintain a Cherokee controlled archive to collect, preserve, and care for historical documents; and
- To enhance a more tolerant society based on the understanding of the society’s diverse culture and individualism; and
- To help Native American people to become socially and economically self-sufficient and self -determined; and
- To create an awareness within the Native American community concerning the heritage, culture, history, and legacy of their ancestors, particularly for the younger generation; and
- To promote and create the awareness of Cherokee and Native American arts, history, culture, and it’s contributions to the development of America and South Carolina in particular among the general public. To promote the unique culture of Native America and the Cherokees through publications, exhibitions, residency programs, symposiums, festivals, Powwows, and workshops; and
- To offer assistance to researchers, biographers and history enthusiasts regarding Cherokee information; and
- To inspire South Carolina Native American youth and adults with programs to enhance their individual selfimage, self-esteem, develop their skills, develop their traditional and contemporary talents and their leadership potential; and
- To provide an intertribal forum for the Native American people throughout the State of South Carolina to caucus, to discuss educational, health, spiritual, and economic development needs of their respective communities; and
- To foster a spirit of unified voice among the Native American communities; and
- To help improve the quality of life for Cherokees and other Native Americans in the State of South Carolina.