Larymore Family - Three Generations of Cherokees

ARTICLE IV of PAIALECNSC Constitution – MEMBERSHIP

 

SECTION 1: Any member of The Piedmont American Indian Association shall meet the following requirements:

  1. A member must be of Cherokee descent, unless adopted. This will be determined by documentation (such as Bible records, birth certificates, and/or family records). The bloodline will be authenticated by a majority vote of the governing council body (tribal council) as deemed necessary and prudent by the council. Such authentication will be based upon documents, sworn testimony, physical appearance, etc. and substantiated by records such as voter’s registration, death certificates and/or certificates from a reputable anthropologist and/or genealogist. The tribal council will determine the amount of evidence required to substantiate ancestry.

  2. A member cannot be registered on any other tribal roll, or a member of another Native American (Indian) tribe (revised 10-29-2011), group or association.

  3. A member 18 years and older must contribute at least $15.00 a year to be used toward operational expenses. If not paid during current year, he/she can be removed from the tribal rolls by the tribal council (revised November 26, 2011).

  4. (New applicants - effective January 1, 2012) Prospective member must meet with the tribal council prior to approval by tribal council members and read By-laws and Constitution at this meeting.

  5. The Adoption Policy (does not affect any member adopted before February 24, 2002) is:

  1. Non-Indian spouses and other non-Indian applicants will not be granted

Membership by the tribal council;

  1. The tribal council can adopt Indians from other tribes who can prove their

Native American ancestry. They become adopted members into the PAIALECNSC tribe and have full voting rights. These members cannot be members of another Indian tribe, association, or group. The majority of the tribal council members must adopt every non-Cherokee.

  1. The provisions for loss of membership are:

  1. False information on any paperwork submitted to the tribe;

  2. Misrepresentation of the tribe;

  3. Does not provide information requested in time required;

  4. Misappropriation of tribal funds;

  5. Misappropriation (misrepresentation) of the tribe for personal gain.

  6. Member belonging to another Indian tribe, association, or group. Verification will be made by phone or mail with member.

Any tribal member who is accused of any provision for loss of membership will have the opportunity to appear before the tribal council. The tribal council will vote on information submitted, and tribal council’s decision will be final and binding. If accused member foregoes that opportunity via phone call or mail, then membership is revoked at next tribal council meeting.

  1. Immediate Expulsion (No Council Vote Required)

Any tribal member making a physical threat against any elected or appointed official of the PAIALECNSC will be immediately removed from the tribal rolls. This threat must be witnessed by a third person. (revised 2/27/2016)

SECTION 2: An Honorary Membership is given to someone without the needed membership qualifications required to have tribal membership. He/she will not be provided with a roll number nor be required to make the annual contribution. Therefore, he/she is given honorary status for the contributions that have and will impact the PAIALECNSC for years to come. Honorary Membership must be nominated, voted on, and approved by the tribal council; and he/she must agree to abide by the By-laws and Constitution before a card and certificate will be issued. (Added 03-31-2018)

 

SECTION 3: The tribal council shall have the power to pass ordinances governing future membership, loss of membership, and the adoption of members.

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Census 2020

 

Just a reminder to those of you who have not completed the Census information, the time table for completion has moved forward because of the COVID-19 virus quarantine. Please be sure to complete the form or go online (http://census2020.gov) to complete the form and be sure that you use Piedmont American Indian Association-Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of South Carolina as your tribal name. See below for more details. 

If you have any questions please contact Chief Worthy at 864-871-9058, eMail worthymarylouise@gmail.com or the tribal office at 864-683-1421.

 

How to Respond to the Census

In most cases, the US Census Bureau will mail you a questionnaire form. You can respond to the 2020 census in three ways:

online, by phone, or by mail.

Online: If you have Internet access, it’s recommended to fill it out online. You’ll find the instructions included in the letter you receive. You will need information from the mailed letter in order to answer online. The Census Bureau assures us that it is safe, secure, confidential, and user-friendly to respond online.

By Phone: When you receive your census questionnaire, call toll-free 1-800-354-7271.

By Mail: If you can’t answer the census questionnaire online or you prefer not to, you can mail back the questionnaire that you got in the mail. There will be a postage-paid envelope included.

Didn’t Get a Letter? If you do not get a letter, you won’t be able to answer online, by phone, or by mail. In general, if the Census Bureau doesn’t hear from your household, you should get an in-person visit. This is the standard for people living in remote areas or in group homes. In most cases, you should receive your census form in the mail sometime around mid-March, with April 1st as the official “Census Day.”

Here's the takeaway:

·Complete the census questionnaire either online, by phone, by mail or in person 

  • Select “American Indian” as your race on the census form

  • Write in your tribal affiliation if possible. (Piedmont American Indian Association LOWER EASTERN CHEROKEE NATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA)

Be on the lookout for an official census questionnaire in the mail, and be sure to respond accurately: your community depends on it! When more Native people answer the census this year, they will be helping to generate new services for their Native communities.