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  • Summary date: May 1 2024 - View Summary

    Includes whereas clauses. Enacts new GS 71A-7.3 officially recognizing as The Tuscaora, as of July 1, 2024, the Indians comprising the Tuscarora Indian Nation of North Carolina Prospect Longhouse, Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina, and the Tuscarora Tribe of North Carolina, whose ancestors, in 1718, entered a treaty with the NC government and were granted Indian Woods in Bertie County and who are of the same linguistic stock as the other tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy of New York and Canada. Provides that they will continue to enjoy all their rights, privileges, and immunities as an American Indian Tribe with a recognized tribal governing body carrying out and exercising substantial governmental duties and powers similar to the State, being recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status. Requires the Tuscarora to (1) maintain individual enrollment criteria, giving an opportunity for unenrolled Tuscarora descendants to enroll and (2) govern themselves in a way that benefits unifies all Tuscarora that come under their governance.

    Amends GS 143B-407 by increasing by two the number of representatives of the Indian community on the State Commission of Indian Affairs, by adding two members of the Tuscarora.

    Appropriates from the General Fund to the Department of Administration, North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, $20,000 in nonrecurring funds for the 2024-2025 fiscal year to update the Department's website and publications to include The Tuscarora of Eastern North Carolina.

    Effective July 1, 2024.