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.