|Posted by Hodalee Scott Sewell on April 27, 2016 at 4:45 PM|
As some may know from the announcements at the 20th Annual Apalachicola River Indian Community Conference, the Apalachicola River Community of Indians has been in the process of reorganization of late; ARCI leadership from several communities have been working to recalibrate the tribal government (the Apalachicola River Community Indian Tribal Organization aka ARCITO), an effort which includes several major points:
-Update and continue work on our petition for federal recognition submitted to BIA in 2004
-Update our ARCI tribal roll, by-laws, and constitution
-Secure a land base and permanent council quarters by 2020
-Continue the cooperation with our related tribe, the Sumter Band of Cheraw Indians in Sumter, SC
Generally speaking requirements for enrollment are documented descent from the Indian people of Scott Town Community in Jackson County; Scotts Ferry (including Marysville and Cherokee settlements) in Calhoun County; Woods (primarily the Hill, Jacobs, and Oxendine families enclave) in Liberty County; and Mount Zion Community of Holmes County (in a corner of the southern part of the county west of the Choctawhatchee River, near the town of Ponce de Leon). The 1920 census is the principle document used for ancestral community definition, though others are considered. More info on the tribal history is in “The Indians of North Florida”, available on Amazon.com or from ARCITO free to tribal members.
The upcoming year will be one of hard work and intense cooperation together as the “housecleaning” and getting the council back in order continues. ARCITO will be holding its next quarterly general council meeting on June 11th at 2 pm at the WT Neal Civic Center in Blountstown which will be followed by a Genealogy Conference that afternoon. Please bring your documents, family photos, historic information, and questions to share. Our website Dominickerindians.org will be up dated frequently with information on current ARCITO council meetings, ARCI tribal events, and (Kunfuskee Tallassee) ceremonial grounds activities, as well as our Facebook Page at and Apalachicola River Community of Indians tribal blog on WordPress at https://apalachicolarivercommunityofindians.wordpress.com/.