Hello again neighbor! The information in this Special Edition of FFTK&T was prepared at the request of Dr. Ri’Cha ri Sancho of the Anderson County Human Relations Council (https://www.andersoncountysc.org/anderson-county-human-relations-council). We thought it would be of interest to all.  Enjoy!




There are 321 Anderson County residents who are solely of American Indian/Alaskan Native[1] tribal ancestry, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2016-2020 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates[2].  Of these, there are an estimated:



  • 131 Cherokee
  • 41 Iroquois
  • 23 Lumbee
  • 16 Blackfeet
  • 9 Aleut
  • 8 Navajo
  • 4 Chippewa
  • 58 with dual tribal heritage
  • 31 with non-specified or other tribal heritage



More than 1,700 Anderson County residents are of either full or partial American Indian/Alaskan Native heritage[3].  Of those, there are an estimated:



  • 716 Cherokee
  • 89 Iroquois
  • 73 Chippewa
  • 69 Lumbee
  • 66 Blackfeet
  • 35 Central American Indian
  • 27 Seminole
  • 9 Aleut
  • 8 Navajo
  • 6 Cree
  • 3 Canadian and French Indian
  • 638 reported being of a non-specified or other tribal heritage



United States law requires local governments to consult with applicable Tribal Nations when using federal funds for certain construction projects.  The purpose of this requirement is to safeguard against the loss of Tribal artifacts or architectural remnants during land disturbance activities.  As such, Anderson County routinely makes notification to the Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) representing the Cherokee, Catawba, and Muscogee (Creek) Nations, as these Tribes have expressed historic and cultural interest in this geographic area. Anderson County’s construction contracts for qualifying projects expressly require a contractor stop work should possible artifacts be discovered, so that the relevant THPOs can be advised.


Media Contact:

Steve Newton, Governmental Affairs Director

Anderson County Administrator’s Office

(864) 260-1010




[1] The terms “American Indian” and “Alaskan Native”, along with the given spelling of Tribal Nations as used in this document, are the terms used by the U.S. Bureau of the Census in that agency’s official reports. These terms are used here to ensure consistency with the data source and are not meant to imply an endorsement of these terms as opposed to “Native American” or other descriptive nomenclature.

[2] https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=indian&g=0500000US45007&tid=ACSDT5Y2020.B02014

[3] https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=indian&g=0500000US45007&tid=ACSDT5Y2020.B02017

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