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Boards and Committees That Metrolina Native American Association Participate In

North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs (NCCIA)

State Advisory Council on American Indian Education (SACIE)

North Carolina Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO)

The Commission of Indian Affairs consists of 21 representatives of the American Indian community, two representatives appointed by the General Assembly, one representative or their designee appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Administration, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources and the Commissioner of Labor.

WD Baucom, Commissioner

Greg Bryant, Commissioner

Learn more about the Commission of Indian Affairs on their website.

North Carolina General Statute 115C-210 established an advisory council to the State Board of Education (SBE) to be known as the "State Advisory Council on Indian Education" in 1987. Subsequently, the SBE developed a policy to implement the establishment of the Council as an advisory body to the SBE on matters on Indian education.

To learn more about SACIE you can visit the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

The North Carolina Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO) was established in 1979 to support all American Indian youth in the state of North Carolina. NCNAYO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. NCNAYO provides various opportunities to support NC American Indian youth through an annual leadership conference in June, a youth executive committee and other leadership opportunities. American Indian youth not only have the opportunity to network across the state, they also are afforded the opportunity to work with and serve with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs as well as the United Tribes of North Carolina.


Visit their website to learn more about the organization!

North Carolina Indian Housing Authority

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United Tribes of North Carolina

North Carolina Indian Senior Citizen Coalition (NCISCC)

The N. C. Indian Housing Authority was created in 1977 by the State Legislature under Section 157-66 of the N. C. General Statutes. The Authority is empowered to provide housing for low income Native Americans. The Authority has statewide jurisdiction, except that no project shall be undertaken in any area where a city, county or regional Housing Authority is in operation, unless the local authority adopts a resolution declaring a need for the Indian Housing Authority to exercise its powers within the area already operated by local government.

MNAA Representative

Jerry Sanderson

Learn more about the NC Indian Housing Authority on their website!

United Tribes of North Carolina (UTNC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to provide greater coordination and unity among the American Indian tribes and organizations of the State of North Carolina. We work to promote educational, economic, religious, charitable and cultural activities for American Indian people.

MNAA Representative- Jessie Jacobs

Check out their website to learn more!

The Carolina Indian Senior Citizens Coalition Founded in 1980.
North Carolina Indian Senior Citizen Coalition is 501 c 3 non profit organization who's purpose is to bring together American Indian Senior Citizens.
Purpose: To present a conference agenda activities that will unite senior citizens, individuals and others together as resources. To continue to address the health, education, cultural, spiritual and economic needs of our people:Therefore resulting in specific strategies to implement a plan to correct needs and identified
Objectives: To showcase and honor senior citizen men and women from the past to the present and their contribution to improve the quality of life for senior citizens of North Carolina

MNAA Representative- Jessie Jacobs
To learn more about the NCISCC visit their website

American Indian Heritage Celebration Advisory Board

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NC American Indian Heritage Commission

Charlotte Business Inclusion Advisory Committee

The North Carolina Museum of History hosts an American Indian Heritage Celebration (AIHC) at the Museum annually. Several of our members participate in the planning of the event and offer advice and assistance to ensure the event is great.

MNAA Representative-Jessie Jacobs

You can visit the AIHC website to learn more about the event!


The North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission was created by the 2021 State Budget Act under G.S. 143B-135.5.

On July 12, 2022, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary D. Reid Wilson announced the appointments of Kerry Bird as Director and Quinn Godwin as Associate Director of the newly created North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission.

“We are committed to inclusive and accurate representation of the people and history of North Carolina,” said Secretary Wilson. “The American Indian Heritage Commission under the leadership of Kerry Bird and Quinn Godwin will help realize this vision by ensuring that state-supported sites and resources preserve and promote American Indian culture and contributions to our state.”


The North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission advises and assists the Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of American Indian history, arts, customs, and culture.MNAA Representative- Rebecca LaClaire.   Website



The Business Advisory Committee (BAC) provides recommendations and advice to City Council on ways the City can help business in Charlotte, with a particular emphasis on small businesses and provides a forum for businesses to raise issues, discuss and have input into City policy responses to these issues. The BAC provides input and recommendations on the City’s Economic Development Focus Area Plan, with a particular emphasis on small business development, city contracting programs, revitalization of distressed business districts, business recruitment, retention and expansion efforts, public/private partnership projects, and business customer service. The BAC keeps City Council and City Department Managers abreast of conditions in the business community and how these conditions might affect business-government relations and needs for public services.
MNAA Representative- Rebecca LaClaire

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