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Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month

At least 29 distinct groups of Native Americans (tribes) have lived within South Carolina. Today, many places in our state carry the names of tribes and attest to the important role Indians played in South Carolina's history.

According to SCIWAY.netfor thousands of years before Europeans arrived in present-day South Carolina, our state was occupied by Indians, also called American Indians or Native Americans.

A few active Native American tribes in South Carolina include the Catawba, Pee Dee, Chicora, Edisto, Santee, Yamasee, and Chicora-Waccamaw tribes. All are still present, as well as many descendants of the Cherokee tribe.