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New Race Modifications on Birth, Death Certificates for American Indians in North Carolina

Source: WGHP

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recently announced new race modifications becoming available for American Indians on birth and death certificates in the state, according to WGHP

According to the 2020 US Census Bureau, there are more than 130,000 American Indians living in North Carolina, making it the seventh largest American Indian population in the United States. 

“This change is long overdue and will help preserve the rich history of American Indian culture in North Carolina,” said Rev. Ricky Burnett, chairman of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs.

On Jan. 1, 2024, the options below will also be made available for parent(s) race and tribal affiliation for all births registered or amended in the NCDAVE Electronic Birth Registration System and issued by NCOVR:

  • American Indian
  • American Indian – Coharie
  • American Indian – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
  • American Indian – Haliwa-Saponi
  • American Indian – Lumbee
  • American Indian – Meherrin
  • American Indian – Waccamaw-Siouan
  • American Indian – Sappony
  • American Indian – Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation

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