On April 7, 1734 One of our Ancestors Umphichi travel to England with Tomo-chi-chi Mico of the Yamacraw, This would be a turning point in history. Tomo-chi-chi and his
delegation was honored by King George II. As a result of this our we continue to farm,hunt and trade with the settlers, When James Glen became governor in 1738 he had a deep passion and concern for
indian affairs. In the year of 1750 the Royal Governor of South Carolina reconize our small tribe(Band) as a benefit to the settlement. We continue to plant our corn and other corps for food.
We continue to hunt skins so that we use to purchase clothes. and continue the daily stroll across to creek to the Georgia side from time to time, (as this tradition is carried on today). Our
ancestors held a relationship with the creeks but never mix with them. Who we are today, as your neighbors, your schoolmates, your church members and your co-workers is a reflection of
who our ancestors were and how they interacted with others in South Carolians and Georgians in the past.
Being American Indian in South Carolina is much more than wearing traditional regalia and attending powwows. It involves bringing a different and more balanced perspective to our history, our present and our future. Much was lost through Race Laws and through the errors of census takers during the 1800’s who identified Euchee Indians as Mulatto, White or Black. In 1924, the Racial Integrity Act made it illegal to identify as Indian under penalty of being arrested and other negative ramifications.
Thus many Native Americans were incorrectly identified by the Law and their neighbors as either White or African American. Native Americans have lived through decades of legal and historical oppression. Survival was achieved by living quietly.
|UN Declaration-Our International Rights|
Part VII Article 31,
“Indigenous peoples, as a
specific form of exercising their right to self-determination, have the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs, including culture,
religion, education, information, media, health, housing, employment, social welfare, economic activities, land and resources, management, environment and entry by non-members, as well
as ways and means for financingthese autonomous functions.”
”Indigenous peoples have the right to the recognition, observance and enforcement of treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements concluded with states or their successors, according to their original spirit and intent, and to have states honor and respect such treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements. Conflicts and disputes which cannot otherwise be settled should be submitted to competent international bodies agreed to by all parties concerned.”
President Obama Reverses Bush administration position on UN Declaration: