The Apalachicola River Community of Indians Tribal Organization (ARCITO)

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23rd Annual Indian Community Conference this Sunday

Posted by Hodalee Scott Sewell on March 13, 2018 at 11:35 AM



The 22nd Annual Indian Community Conference, sponsored by the Apalachicola River Community of Indians Tribal Organization (ARCITO) will be held March 18th 2018 2 p.m.-8 p.m. at the W.T. Neal Civic Center 17773 NE Pear St, Blountstown, FL 32424

The Apalachicola River Indian Community of Indians are the modern descendants of the Catawba, Cheraw, and Lumbee of the Carolinas who migrated to Florida’s panhandle in the 1820’s under General Jacob and Joseph Scott, founding Scotts Ferry. The ancestors of the tribe are identified as “Free People of Color” before the Civil War and as one of several “American Racial Isolate” groups afterwards. Common surnames historically associated with the tribal community: Ammons Ayers Barnwell Bass Blanchard Brown Bullard Bunch Bryant Brooks Chason Chavis Conyers Copeland Davis Goins Hall Harris Hicks Hill Holly Jacobs Johnson Jones Kever Long Lovett Mainer Martin Mayo Moses Oxendine Perkins Porter Potter Quinn Scott Simmons Smith Stafford Stephens Sweat Thomas Whitfield and Williams.

Historically, the Apalachicola River Indian Community of Indians lived predominately in several small settlements at Scott Town in Jackson County, Scotts Ferry in southern Calhoun County, and Woods across the Apalachicola River in Liberty County, and Mt Zion in Holmes County. These communities were similar to many of the Indian settlements in the Carolinas and most of the ancestors of the Indian people in the Florida settlements migrated to the panhandle originally came from Union and Sumter Counties in South Carolina and Robeson County in North Carolina, during in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

These settlements, labeled during segregation as “Dominickers”, faced persecution under the racial miscegenation laws of the Jim Crow Era, a situation which would last until the desegregation of American society a century later. The people of these communities would constantly have to fight prejudiced local authorities and institutional racism to maintain their identities, as documented in the hundreds of archival records which identify these persons race as "Indian", via dozens of court cases and school board records, military enlistments, and tax records. Formally established in 2003 as a 501c3, the Apalachicola River Community of Indians Tribal Organization (ARCITO) was created to provide services for the Florida panhandle area Indian communities. ARCITO’s Annual Indian Community Conference (ARCITO-AICC), began in 1996, is a free open to the public event. Schedule of events will be

3 p.m. Annual Inter-tribal Stickball game

4 p.m. Traditional cultural presentation, Koweta Livingston

5 p.m. “State of the Apalachicola River Community of Indians” address by Tribal Chairman S. Pony Hill and Vice Chairman Hodalee Scott Sewell

6 p.m. Dinner

Free and all welcome. For more information or to be on the agenda for the Annual Indian Conference contact ARCITO V.C. Hodalee Scott Sewell 850-254-5426 or [email protected] For more information on the Apalachicola River Community of Indians Tribal Organization (ARCITO) visit our website at



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