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Facts About Native American Nations in the Southeast

Updated on May 8, 2017
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A descendant of Mohawk Nation and trained in anthropology, Patty has researched and reported on indigenous peoples for over four decades.


Additional Southeastern Nations and Tribes

The Southeastern United States has been the location of substantial contact of the Native American groups with the Europeans and other immigrants into America over the centuries.

As Native Peoples moved Eastward from the Pacific Northwest and California, they began to encounter these other groups about 200 years later.and were driven back across the Mississippi River in many instances, especially by the Indian Removal Act of 1890 that operated for over a century. In other instances, they were killed by illnesses brought in by the other immigrants. The national population of Native Americans began growing in the 1990s and is over 2,000,000 today. This is less than 1% of the American population.

The states listed below are home to more state recognized nations than federally recognized tribes and this type of state support came only as recently as 2005 - 2006 for several of them. This would seem to be a holdover attitude stemming back to the Indian Removal Act. Whatever the nature of this circumstance, it has resulted in a long struggle for Naïve Americans' rights and dignity. Once believed to be non-human by the other immigrants, they have persevered to overcome much of that stigma.

What happened to the Native Americans in West Virginia. Are they all unrecognized, or have they died or moved on? The answer is uncertain.

The American Southeast
The American Southeast
Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky - Great Hill at Hebbardsville, Kentucky.
Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky - Great Hill at Hebbardsville, Kentucky. | Source

Southeastern US Groups


  • Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky. The State of Kentucky recognized this nation twice: 1) by proclamation in 1893 and 2) by Governor Fletcher on 20 November 20, 2006. The Southern Cherokee is a Separate and Independent Country of Laws and is recognized as such in the "The Treaty with the Cherokee of 1866,"

Other Native Groups in Kentucky:

  • Cherokee Nation. Claimed land in SE Kentucky. Cherokee culture was found in archaeological remains along the Cumberland River. They may have been just "passing through" or on a forced march.However, evidence has surfaced that the Cherokee were originally related to natives in the Iroquois Confederation and broke away as they moved southward. Elvis Presley was partially Cherokee, one grandmother being a full blood Cherokee.
  • Chickasa. West end of Kentucky, primarily at the Tennessee River.
  • Mosopelea. Passing through on their way from Ohio to the lower Mississippi.
  • Shawnee. Nashville, KY and Lexington, KY where Shawnee Chief Blackhoof was born..
  • Yuchi. On the Green River.


  • American Indian Association of Millington TN
  • Elk Valley Band / Council of Chickamauga Cherokee
  • Chickamauga Circle Free Cherokee
  • Chikamaka-Cherokees
  • Free Cherokee Tennessee River Band Chickamauga
  • Kwatani Mission of Chickamuga Cherokee
  • Tennessee River Band of Chickamauga Cherokee
  • Tennessee River Band of Chickamauga

Virginia [None in West Virginia]

  • Ani-Stohini/Unami Nation
  • Chickahominy Tribe
  • Eastern Chickahominy Tribe
  • Monacan Indian Tribe
  • Nansemond Indian Tribe
  • Pamunkey Indian Tribe
  • Rappahannock Tribe

Chickahominy Grass Dance (Virginia/West Virginia)

West Virginia Native American Groups

West Virginia has been a home to nations of the Cherokee (related to the Mohawk), Conoy, Delaware, Honniasont, Huron, Mingo, Moneton, Ottawa, Seneca, Shawnee, Sioux, Susquehannock, Tuscarora, and Wyandot (forced out of Ohio).

Extinct Tribal Nations Lived at the Kanawha River
Extinct Tribal Nations Lived at the Kanawha River | Source

Moneton Nation

What Happened to the Moneton? In West Virginia, the Moneton people likely lived along the Kanawha River for a time before moving onward. This group was related to Sioux Nation bands and the Sioux language group.

The Moneton probably were driven out of what is now West Virgina to Virginia by a lack of resources and the oncoming of other immigrant settlers. While they were in West Virginia, however, they likely enjoyed the scenic areas of the landscape, notably sites such as Goley Bridge and what is now Hawk's Nest State Park as they moved along.

Goley Bridge:
Gauley Bridge, WV 25085, USA

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Hawk's Nest:
Hawks Nest, WV 25938, USA

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Grave Creek Mound, West Virginia
Grave Creek Mound, West Virginia | Source

Grave Creek Mound, W Va Natives

Grave Creek Mound, W Va:
Grave Creek Mound, 801 Jefferson Avenue, Moundsville, WV 26041, USA

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North Carolina [All Groups are State-Recognized Only]

  • Coharie Intra-Tribal Council
  • Cumberland County Association for Indian People
  • Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians - Related to the Mohawk Nation, having splintered away from the Iroquois Confederation and moved southward.
  • Guilford Native American Association
  • Haliwa-Saponi Tribe
  • Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • Meherrin Indian Tribe
  • Metrolina Native American Association
  • Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
  • Sappony or Saponi
  • S-Que-Wi People of North Carolina
  • Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe

Historical Group Still Living In North Carolina

  • A group of approximately 250 descendants of the Croatan Band live just 17 miles southeast of Greenville NC. The current residents are descended from the Roanoke Lost Colony and many are of mixed English-Croatan heritage.

Cherokee Reservation

Cheroke Indian Reservation, North Carolina:
Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 589 Tsali Boulevard, Cherokee, NC 28719, USA

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Visit the “Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama.

"Indian Reservation"

Words and Music by John D. Loudermilk.

Performed by Paul Revere and the Raiders

They took the whole Cherokee nation

Put us on this reservation

Took away our ways of life

The tomahawk and the bow and knife


Took away our native tongue

And taught their English to our young

And all the beads we made by hand

Are nowadays made in Japan


Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe

So proud to live, so proud to die


They took the whole Indian nation

Locked us on this reservation

Though I wear a shirt and tie

I'm still part redman deep inside


Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe

So proud to live, so proud to die


But maybe someday when they learn

Cherokee nation will return, will return, will return, will return, will return...

South Carolina

  • American Indian Center of South Carolina
  • Beaver Creek Indians. State Recognized in 2006.
  • Catawba Indian Nation. Only Federally Recognized Tribe in the State.Location: 996 Avenue of the Nations Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730.
  • Catawba Tribal Historic Preservation Office.
  • Chaloklowa Chickasaw Indian People. State Recognized in 2005.
  • Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Absentee-Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (migrated West)
  • Chicora Indian Tribe of South Carolina
  • Chicora Siouan (Shakori) Indian People
  • Cherokee Tribes of South Carolina: The Eastern Cherokee, the Southern Iroquois, and the United Tribes of S.C. Inc. -- State Recognized in 2005.
  • Croatan Indian Tribe of Orangeburg
  • Edisto Indian Organization
  • Free Cherokee/Chickamauga
  • Midlands Intertribal Empowerment Group of Columbia, Richland County
  • Pee Dee Indian Tribe. State Recognized 2005
  • Pee Dee Indian Nation of Upper South Carolina. State Recognized 2005
  • Piedmont American Indian Association
  • Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of South Carolina. State Recognized 2006
  • Santee Indian Organization. State Recognized 2006
  • Santee Indian Nation
  • United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma (migrated West)
  • Waccamaw Indian People. State Recognized 2005
  • Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians. State Recognized 2005
  • Midlands Intertribal Empowerment Group/Midlands Intertribal Indian Center


  • The Nanaticoke Association petitioned for recognition on 8/8/78. Not yet federally recognized at this writing.


  • Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians
  • Piscataway Conoy Confederacy and Subtribes
  • Pocomoke Indian Nation

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS

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    • dusanotes profile image


      10 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Nice job. Don White

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Fritz - Thanks for the reference. If you are connected with the book and can get a copy to me, I'll be glad to review it and post the review to let people know about it. Email me at the "Contact' option in the upper right side bar. Thanks.

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      fritz zimmerman 

      11 years ago

      Now available is a new publication entitled, "A Photographic Essay and Guide to the Adena Hopewell Sioux and Iroquois Mounds and Earthworks" It is avaiable at Itasca books. 222 mound and earthwork sites were photographed and directions provided in Ohio,Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Michigan. Overwhelming evidence is presented that the the Hopewell were Sioux along with the kindred tribes of Cherokee and Iroquois. Analysis of the measurments of the earthworks reveals that the Adena and Hopewell had knowledge of complex mathamatics that included the formulations of pi and square roots.

      The future for the mounds and earthworks is to restore, protect and return them to the Native Americans.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thank you - my pleasure!

    • Aman deep Garg profile image

      Aman deep Garg 

      12 years ago

      gr8 hub.thanks a lot.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks so much. I really like the song lyrics. So much happened in this country!

    • gabriella05 profile image


      12 years ago from Oldham

      Hi Patty another amazing hub, every thing about it is fantastic

      Thank you very much


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