The Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns

The Georgia Council on American Indian concerns was founded in 1992 by the Georgia Legislature. It was given two goals upon its creation: To protect and preserve the burial sites of American Indians in the state and to the state and to return Indian remains and artifacts from museums that are not under the jurisdiction of federal law.

In 2002 the legislature gave the council three additional responsibilities. Now the council is also responsible for aiding the economic development of American Indians in Georgia, supporting education regarding American Indian cultural heritage, and giving guidance to local and state governments on issues related to American Indians.

Council on American Indian Concerns - Activities and Policies

The Council on American Indian Concerns is primarily focused on helping preserve the rich legacy of American Indian cultural heritage and ensuring that American Indians are able to prosper in the present day. In order to protect American Indian culture, the council identifies sites of cultural importance to American Indians that should be protected by the state.

They also give advice to local and state officials regarding archaeological requests for studying these sites. The council is also in charge of investigating the desecration of American Indian burial grounds and recommends actions to prevent further disturbances. If you believe someone has desecrated or discovered a burial site that is of cultural importance to an American Indian tribe, please contact the Council using the information below.

The council helps formulate policies to help American Indians maintain economic independence and well-being in modern society as well. Among other responsibilities, they advise the governor and legislature on issues related to Indian gaming in Georgia. The Council on American Indian Concerns is the only state agency that exists for addressing the concerns of American Indians in Georgia.

Who is on the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns?

The Council on American Indian Concerns is made up of nine Georgia residents who are appointed by the Governor. The law requires that a majority of these members be American Indians. The other four must include one at-large member, one anthropologist, one archaeologist, and one expert in American Indian studies. None of the council members receive any compensation for their service.

The current chair is Nealie McCormick, an American Indian and the Chief of Police of Pelham, Georgia. The vice chair is Marilyn McGaughey, an American Indian and retired clinical psychologist. The other council members are:


*         J.B. Jones

*         Bobby Tuggle

*         Ralph Crews

*         Sarah Hill

*         Royce McCrary

*         Tom Gresham


One spot remains to be filled at the moment.


Contacting the Georgia Council om American Indian Concerns

Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns
c/o Historic Sites Region Office
2600 Highway 155 SW
Suite D
Stockbridge, GA 30281


(770) 389-7265