• Chief William Harris shares the 4,000 year old history of the Catawba tribe with the Fort Jackson community during the Native American Heritage Month luncheon Friday at the Officers' Club. The Catawbas are the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina.

    Event celebrates Native Americans

    Chief William Harris shares the 4,000 year old history of the Catawba tribe with the Fort Jackson community during the Native American Heritage Month luncheon Friday at the Officers' Club. The Catawbas are the only federally recognized tribe in South...

  • Catawba artisans showcase pottery made of clay from hidden tribal clay holes. Potters from each generation pass down the art of pottery making.

    Event celebrates Native Americans

    Catawba artisans showcase pottery made of clay from hidden tribal clay holes. Potters from each generation pass down the art of pottery making.

  • Chief Louie Chavis of the Beaver Creek tribe shows a stone used to mold moccasins. Chavis brought a number of items used by his people.

    Event celebrates Native Americans

    Chief Louie Chavis of the Beaver Creek tribe shows a stone used to mold moccasins. Chavis brought a number of items used by his people.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fort Jackson hosted chiefs from three different local tribes during its annual Native American Heritage Month Luncheon at the Officers' Club Friday. Representatives from the South Carolina-based Catawba, Beaver Creek and Edisto tribes came to share information about their histories and futures with the Jackson community.

Chief William Harris of the Catawba Tribe, who was the keynote speaker, spoke about the importance of history in moving forward.

"Since Fort Jackson took time to create this event, it was important for me to come today," Harris said. "We have a strong history in the state, just like this base does."

The Catawba is a federally recognized tribe that has tribal lands near Rock Hill. In 1993, the tribe reached a settlement agreement with the state of South Carolina that allows the Catawbas to have approximately 1,000 acres of sovereign land.

"The agreement allows us to form our own laws, but we are still subject to the laws for this state," Harris said. "For example, we can establish our own schools and would love to build them in the future. We are moving toward self-sufficiency."

Chief Louie Chavis of the Beaver Creek tribe brought items used by his people in their everyday lives, such as a stone used to mold moccasins. Chief Anthony Davidson of the Edisto tribe showcased his handmade commercial regalia and headdress used in powwows.

"This was a wonderful event, some good education went on here today," said Davidson. "I was glad to be a part of it."

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