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  • WELCOME TO THE
    GEORGIA COUNCIL ON
    AMERICAN INDIAN CONCERNS

ABOUT THE COUNCIL

The Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns was created by the Georgia General Assembly and is the only state entity specifically authorized to address the concerns of Georgia's American Indians. It is tasked with promoting economic development, fostering the cultural heritage of American Indians in Georgia, advising state and local government on issues affecting American Indians, and assisting with American Indian burial protection and repatriation.


The Council consists of nine Governor-appointed members, five of which are required to be American Indians, and also includes one physical anthropologist, one archaeologist, one other scientist and one at-large member.


Advising State and Local Governments


The Council on American Indian Concerns is tasked with advising state and local governments with issues relating to American Indians. Primary responsibilities include recommendations on proposed and existing policy and legislation, status of state-recognition of Indian groups, tribes and communities in Georgia, and other matters affecting the American Indian community.

MAJOR PROJECTS

The Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns helps promote economic development and fosters cultural heritage tourism and advocacy through partnership and advisement.

VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM

Assisting in the obtainment of over $2,000,000 of federal assistance for a Vocational Rehabilitation Program that assists American Indians with disabilities to find gainful employment.

FACILITATING ASSISTANCE

Facilitating U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance for the Cherokee Tribal Council of Georgia programs focusing on cultural preservation and tourism.

ADVISING

Contributing and advising on numerous American Indian displays, including at Fernbank Museum, the Capitol Museum and other projects.

CULTURAL SENSITIVITY

Several members of the Council have participated in the Atlanta Braves working group to ensure culturally sensitive topics are handled appropriately, while leveraging the Braves platform to further educate Georgians about Native Americans in their state.