Indigenize SC Education Task Force - Coastal Carolina University
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Indigenize SC Education Task Force

Mission and Vision Statement

We work to enhance the educational experience of young South Carolinians by providing educators with historically accurate and socially responsible information on Indigenous Americans in this state and beyond. Indigenous Americans are the peoples native to the Americas, whose ancestors lived in these lands prior to European colonization. By better integrating Indigenous histories and cultures in K-12 curricula, young Native students can recognize themselves in their own education, and all students can learn the values of shared governance, cultural resilience, conviviality, and land stewardship that are essential to combat the environmental and social injustices of today.


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Needs-Based Surveys

Needs-Based Survey for South Carolina Educators

Needs-Based Survey for Non-Indigenous Students

Needs-Based Survey for Indigenous Students

For the Classroom

Native-Centered Educational Resources Database

New Lesson Plans

For Native Students

Mental Health Resources




This task force was formed in 2020 at the request of Chief Harold "Buster" Hatcher of the Waccamaw Indian People. Group members include tribal leaders and representatives across South Carolina, documentarians with SC ETV, museum curators across the state, the SC Department of Education, the SC Center for Minority Affairs, students and faculty at universities statewide and beyond and other concerned citizens. Our aims could not be met without these partnerships and those yet to be formed, and we thank all those who continue to demonstrate their commitment to indigenizing education in our state.


Contact Information

Dr. Sara Rich or