About the Council
What is the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns?
The Council is a group of nine Georgians appointed by the Governor to address American Indian concerns in the state. By Georgia law the Council includes five American Indians, one at-large member, one physical anthropologist, one archaeologist, and one other scientist with expertise in American Indian studies. All members serve without compensation.
What Does the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns Do?
The Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns works to preserve the cultural legacy of Georgia Indians, to protect their burial and archaeological sites, and to enhance their lives and well being in the present.
In 1992, the Council was created by the General Assembly to help protect Indian burial sites and to facilitate the return or repatriation of Indian human remains and burial objects from any Georgia museums whose collections are not subject to federal law [Public Law 101-601].
In 2002, the Council was authorized to assume duties in three additional areas relating to Georgia’s American Indians: economic development, cultural heritage, and consultation with state and local governments.
The Council is required to provide written notice to the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House of any communication regarding proposed Indian gaming in Georgia.
The Council remains the only state entity authorized to address the concerns of Georgia’s American Indians.
To write to the Council, use this address:
Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns
c/o Historic Preservation Division
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
254 Washington Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30334