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Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns

The Council on American Indian Concerns was created by the Georgia Legislature in 1992 to help protect Indian graves and burial objects from accidental and intentional desecration. The Council is the only state entity specifically authorized to address the concerns of Georgia's American Indians.

The legislature also enacted new laws to strengthen the protection of Indian burial sites and archeological sites. Desecration of graves has long been against the law, but often was not applied to Indian graves. The new laws and the Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns are now in place to ensure that Indian graves are protected and respected as vigorously as any burial site.


As set by the General Assembly, the two major goals of the Council on American Indian Concerns are to:

  • Assist in protecting American Indian burial sites in the state
  • Facilitate the return (repatriation) of Indian human remains and burial objects from museums in Georgia whose collections are not subject to federal law (PL 101-601)

In 2002, the Council assumed additional responsibilities to:

  • Support the economic development of Georgia's American Indians
  • Foster the cultural heritage of Georgia's American Indians
  • Advise state and local governments on issues relating to Georgia's American Indians


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Georgia Council on American Indian Concerns
c/o State Parks & Historic Sites
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
2610 GA Hwy 155, SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281
Telephone: 706.250.2244
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