About Us

United Tribes of North Carolina (UTNC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit

corporation established in1982 to provide greater coordination and unity among the American Indian tribes and organizations of the State of North Carolina.  We work to promote educational, economic, religious, charitable and cultural activities for American Indian people.

UTNC objectives are to 1) Increase awareness of American Indian issues, 2) Provide a forum to develop strategies to address challenges faced by American Indians in North Carolina, 3) Celebrate the traditional and contemporary history of American Indians in North Carolina, 4) Promote resources and opportunities beneficial to our State's American Indian Population, and 5) Reclaim our heritage.

UTNC activities include the sponsorship of the annual North Carolina Indian Unity Conference and the annual Miss Indian North Carolina Pageant. We provide support as needed to the North Carolina Senior Citizen Coalition, the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization, and the North Carolina Native American Council on Higher Education.  UTNC coordinates the production of the annual North Carolina Indian Heritage Month poster, and provides scholarships to outstanding American Indian students at our annual conference.

United Tribes of North Carolina is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors representing the 8 state recognized tribes and 4 urban Indian centers of North Carolina, as well as Legal Aid of North Carolina (Pembroke office).  We are an IRS Tax Exempt agency and all contributions by individuals, corporations and organizations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Meet the United Tribes of NC Board Members


Gwendolyn L. Chavis

Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina


Rick Oxendine

Guilford Native American Association


LaVie Jones Pridge

Meherrin Indian Tribe


Chief Otis Martin



Greg Jacobs

Coharie Indian Tribe


Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation

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Al Richardson

Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe


Edward Sanders

Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation


Hattie J. Campbell

Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe

Cumberland County Association for Indian People


Danny Bell

Triangle Native American Society

Jessie Jacobs

Metrolina Native American Association


Gregory Richardson

North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs


Tony Clark

Legal Aid of North Carolina
Pembroke Office