GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
HOUSE DRH70063-LB-78 (2/27)
Short Title: Redesignate Indians of Person Co. as Sappony.
Representatives G. Allen; and Sutton.
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT TO OFFICIALLY DESIGNATE THE INDIANS PREVIOUSLY RECOGNIZED IN THE GENERAL STATUTES AS THE INDIANS OF PERSON COUNTY AS SAPPONY.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 71A-7 reads as rewritten:
The Indians who are descendants
of those Indians living in Person County for whom the High Plains Indian School
was established, shall, from and after July 20, 1971, be
designated and officially recognized as the Indians of Person County,
North Carolina, and shall continue to enjoy all their rights,
privileges, and immunities as citizens of the State as now or hereafter
provided by law, and shall continue to be subject to all the obligations and
duties of citizens under the law.
SECTION 2. G.S. 143B-407(a) reads as rewritten:
"§ 143B-407. North Carolina State Commission of Indian Affairs - membership; term of office; chairman; compensation.
(a) The State Commission
of Indian Affairs shall consist of two persons appointed by the General
Assembly, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Director of the State
Employment Security Commission, the Secretary of Administration, the Secretary
of Environment and Natural Resources, the Commissioner of Labor or their
designees and 21 representatives of the Indian community. These Indian members
shall be selected by tribal or community consent from the Indian groups that
are recognized by the State of North Carolina and are principally
geographically located as follows: the Coharie of Sampson and Harnett Counties;
the Eastern Band of Cherokees; the Haliwa Saponi of Halifax, Warren, and
adjoining counties; the Lumbees of Robeson, Hoke and Scotland Counties; the
Meherrin of Hertford County; the Waccamaw-Siouan from Columbus and Bladen Counties;
Indians of Person County; the
Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation of Alamance and Orange Counties, and the
Native Americans located in Cumberland, Guilford, Johnston, Mecklenburg,
Orange, and Wake Counties. The Coharie shall have two members; the Eastern Band
of Cherokees, two; the Haliwa Saponi, two; the Lumbees, three; the Meherrin,
one; the Waccamaw-Siouan, two; the Indians of Person County,
one; the Cumberland County Association for Indian People, two; the Guilford
Native Americans, two; the Metrolina Native Americans, two; the Occaneechi Band
of the Saponi Nation, one, the Triangle Native American Society, one. Of the
two appointments made by the General Assembly, one shall be made upon the
recommendation of the Speaker, and one shall be made upon recommendation of the
President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Appointments by the General Assembly shall
be made in accordance with G.S. 120-121 and vacancies shall be filled in
accordance with G.S. 120-122."
SECTION 3. This act is effective when it becomes law.