The South Carolina Archives possess several treaties made between South Carolina and the Lower Towns of the Cherokee Nation as far back as the mid 1600's. Our history tells of our people living in the Piedmont region; this area has always been our home. The entire area is a rich reminder of our people, past and present. The Nation was divided into into three areas; the Overhills, the Middle, and the Lower settlements. The Cherokees occupied an area from the Seneca River in South Carolina, north into Tennessee, and west into Georgia. Some sixty-four towns and villages have been identified. The Lower Towns were located in present -day South Carolina west of Greenville along the streams and rivers of what is now Oconee and Pickens counties, and south of Greenville into Laurens County.
One of the main towns was located near the confluence of Brasstown Creek and the Tugaloo River; it was called Nayuhi or The Place of the Sand Bar. A network of paths crisscross the region around Greenville. One path ran from Whitehorse Road west of the city of Greenville, and Buncombe Road to the north. Two, perhaps three major paths crossed Greenville County. The upper path ran across Greenville County originating at Keowee Indian Town in the present-day Oconee county. For some this was a direct route from the mountains to the coast. This was of major importance because of the enormous trade with the coastal tribes. This path followed the approzimate route of SC Route 11 east of Pleasant Ridge State Park.
Chartered as the Piedmont American Indian Association April 24, 1984
Awarded ANA( Administration for Native Americans) Grans on August 1, 1999
Second ANA Grant was awarded July 2001. Moved to Highway 14 in Barksdale
Purchased Tribal Grounds at Warrior Creek on March 17, 2004
First Pow Wow June 9, 2007
First kids Day Program September 24, 2009
State Recognized as a Tribe on June 19, 2015
Our Founding Chief
Chief Howard White Bull Norris
To recognize and honor the memory of Howard Eugene “White Bull” Norris, First Chief of the State Recognized Piedmont American Indian Association /Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of South Carolina.
On January 18, 2019—Chief Buster Hatcher, of the Waccamaw Indian People performed a Ceremony to make Mark Two Blades Williams a Traditional Fire Keeper.
Chief Mary Louise Wolfwoman Worthy and Vice Chief Dexter Yellow Hawk passed the Feather to sanction Two Blades for Cherokee Ceremonies. It was a privilege and an honor for them to participate in this Sunrise Ceremony. The Waccamaw united our fires as an official alliance between the two tribes.
We walked along the Cherokee Path at Ninety Six National Historic Site to remember our Ancestors who were forced from their homes. Thirty-nine people joined in the Walk.
Fresh waters will finally flow
Finally after many years of on again/off again deliberations for a Cherokee state, the Greenville Water commissioned a sculptor, Doug Young, who contacted Chief Norris, and the dream was in the works! On May 6, 2017 the Cherokee statue was unveiled on the corner of Broad and Washington Streets; it was named “Water Blessing” by Chief Norris. There was a huge celebration with our tribe providing drum and flute playing, and dancing; Chief Norris provided opening remarks. The statue was exquisite and the signage explained the importance of water to the Cherokee People; only one important point missing- Chief Norris’ hand in the authenticity of the Cherokee warrior.
9th Native American Tribe Recognized by State of South Carolina
COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Board of Commissioners officially granted State Recognition to the PAIA-Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of SC making them South Carolina’s 9th State Recognized Tribe on Friday, June 23, 2015.