Unrecognized Tribes A-C
Alphabetical list of unrecognized American Indian tribes beginning with A to C. These are groups known to self-identify as Native American tribes but that have not been recognized by the federal government (Bureau of Indian Affairs) nor by any state nor tribal government.
We do not necessarily endorse these organizations or the validity of their claims. We are just reporting what is out there and suggest you exercise your own due diligence in verifying their authenticity.
We would especially suggest further investigation of any organization that charges a membership or enrollment fee, or that does not require genealogy research and official documentation for enrollment.
Links to tribal profile pages are at the bottom of the page.
- The Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Alexander Valley is an unrecognized tribe in California. They are the last remaining Wappo Tribe in existence with 340 living members desended from ten families.
- Amah Mutsun Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians (formerly Amah Band of Ohlone/Costanoan Indians) – The Amah Mutsun community was originally made up of approximately 20 to 30 contiguous villages stretched across the Pajaro River Basin and surrounding region. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band currently has an enrolled membership of nearly 600 BIA documented Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 09/18/1990.
- American Cherokee Confederacy (Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy, Inc. (SECC) (Georgia). Other Known Bands: Horse Band (OK).
- Amonsoquath Tribe of Cherokee. – The Sovereign Amonsoquath Nation was founded in 1593. It was incorporated, in its 400th year of existence as a Cherokee band/tribe, as a Missouri non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. Letter of Intent to Petition 2/17/95. Also in Missouri.
- United Cherokee AniYunWiYa Nation is open to any person who can provide evidence of their Cherokee bloodline by substantiating their direct descendancy from a person whose name appears on any federal official roll. Letter of Intent to Petition 7/31/1996.
- Antelope Valley Paiute Tribe (a.k.a. Antelope Valley Indian Community). Letter of Intent to Petition 07/09/1976.
- Apalachicola Band of Creek Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 08/17/2004
- Apalachee Indian Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/22/1996
- Arizona Cherokee Pioneers
- Arkansas Band of Western Cherokee (formerly Western Arkansas Cherokee Tribe). Letter of Intent to Petition 04/07/1998.
- Arkansas Cherokee (also known as Chickamauga Cherokee of Arkansas). Letter of Intent to Petition 03/21/2008.
- Arkansas Cherokee Nation.
- Arkansas White River Cherokee (a.k.a. Chickamauga Cherokee Nation – White River Band (I)). Letter of Intent to Petition 10/22/2003. Despite the Arkansas name, the group is located in Florida. There is also a Chickamauga Cherokee Nation – White River Band (II) and (III) in Oklahoma.
- Assonet Band of Wampanoags (Massachusettes)
- Atahun Shoshones of San Juan Capistrano
- Atakapa-Ishak Nation (Louisiana)
- Avogel Nation of Louisiana. Letter of Intent to Petition 11/13/2000 (Louisiana)
- Avogel, Okla Tasannuk, Tribe/Nation. Letter of Intent to Petition 03/19/2001 (Louisiana)
- Avoyel-Kaskaskia Tribe of Louisiana. Letter of Intent to Petition 06/20/2005 (Louisiana)
- The Avoyel-Taensa Tribe/Nation of Louisiana Inc. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/09/2003. Receipt of Petition 01/09/2003 (Louisiana)
- Barbareno Chumash Council
- Barbareno/Ventureno Band of Mission Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/17/2002. Receipt of Petition 01/17/2002.
- Barrio Pascua – a village of Yaqui on the Arizona-Mexico border region.
- Big Meadows Lodge Tribe
- Binay Tribe (Florida)
- Black Wolf Clan of SE Cherokee Council, Inc (Kentucky)
- Broad River Band of Cherokee (Georgia)
- Calaveras County Band of Miwuk Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 08/31/2001.
- California Indian Council/Lulapin
Callattakapa Choctaw Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 07/13/2004.
- Calapooya (Calapuya, Calapooia
- Calusa-Seminole Nation. Letter of Intent to Petition 04/28/1998.
- Cane Break Band of Eastern Cherokees. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/09/1979; rejoined Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokees, Inc. (I), notification 7/16/1997
- Carolina Algonquian
- Central Tribal Council. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/21/2003. Receipt of Petition 01/21/2003.
- Chahta Tribe (Louisiana)
- Chalola Council of Kitanemuk and Yowlumne Tejon Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/16/1996.
- Chappaquiddic Band of Massachusetts Letter of Intent to Petition 05/31/2007 (Massachusettes)
- Chi-cau-gon Band of Lake Superior Chippewa of Iron County. Letter of Intent to Petition 02/12/1998 (Michigan)
- Cherokee-Choctaw Nation of St. Francis and Black Rivers. Letter of Intent to petition 08/01/2006
- Cherokee Indians of Georgia, Inc
- Cherokee Nation of Alabama. Letter of Intent to Petition 02/16/1999.
- Cherokee Nation Heritage Organization of California.
- Cherokee Tuscarora Nation of Turtle Island (District of Columbia)
- Cherokee Nation West of Missouri and Arkansas (formerly
- Cherokee Nation West or Southern Band of the Eastern Cherokee Indians of Arkansas and Missouri). Letter of Intent to Petition 5/11/1998.Also in Missouri.
- Cherokees of California.
- Cherokee River Indian Community. Letter of Intent to Petition 08/03/2000. Receipt of Petition 08/03/200
- Cherokee Tribe of Kentucky
- Cherokees of Idaho, Inc. Letter of Intent to Petition 03/14/2012
- Chickmaka Band of the South Cumberland Plateau.
- Chickamauga Cherokee of Alabama.
- Chickamauga Cherokee Indian Creek Band (Florida)
- Chickamauga Cherokee Band of Northwest Georgia.
- Chickamauga Keetoowah Unami Wolf Band of Cherokee Delaware Shawnee of Ohio
Chilkoot Kaagwaantaan Clan. Letter of Intent to Petition 4/22/1997Chiricahua Tribe of California. Letter of Intent to Petition 04/24/2003.
- Chilula Tribe
- Choctaw Allen Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 10/20/2003.
- Choctaws of Florida (a.k.a. Hunter Tsalagi-Choctaw Tribe). Letter of Intent to Petition 03/02/2005.
- Choctaw Nation Mississippi River Clan (Illinois)
- Choinumni Council. Letter of Intent to Petition 07/14/1988. Certified letter undeliverable 10/1997
- Chukchansi Yokotch Tribe of Mariposa CA. Letter of Intent to Petition 05/25/1993.
- Chumash Council of Bakersfield. Letter of Intent to Petition 10/18/2005.
- Church of the Métis Tribe.[ (Florida)
- Coastal Band of Chumash. Letter of Intent to Petition 03/25/1982.
- Coastal Gabrieleno Diegueno Band of Mission Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 3/18/1997.
- Coastanoan Band of Carmel Mission Indians. Letter of Intent to Petition 09/16/1988.
- Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria
- Confederated Tribes of the Lower Rogue
- Confederated Western Cherokees of Arkansas.
- Confederation of Aboriginal Nations
- Consolidated Bahwetig Ojibwas and Mackinac Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 12/04/1979; Postal Service returned certified letter 11/5/1997
- Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 08/24/1994.
- Costanoan Tribe of Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista Missions. Letter of Intent to Petition 5/11/1999; Letter of Intent withdrawn 5/10/2000.
- Council of Seven/Royal House of Pokanoket/Pokanoket Tribe/Wampanoag Nation (Massachusettes)
- Cowasuck Band-Abenaki People, also known as Cowasuck Band of Pennacook Abenaki People. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/23/1995. (Massachusettes)
- Coweta Creek Tribe. Letter of Intent to Petition 2/12/2003.
- Council for the Benefit of the Colorado Winnebagoes. Letter of Intent to Petition 01/26/1993; certified letter returned “attempted, not known” 11/5/1997
- Creeks East of the Mississippi (a.k.a. Principal Creek Indian Nation East of the Mississippi) (Florida). Letter of Intent to Petition 03/21/1973 (petitioned as part of a State-recognized tribe Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe – East of the Mississippi, Inc., Georgia); declined to Acknowledge 12/21/1981 46 FR 51652, see also 47 FR 14783
- Creek-Euchee Band of Indians of Florida. Letter of Intent to Petition; Receipt of Petition 11/23/1999. Letter of Intent withdrawn 10/20/2000; merged with Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians
Still to be Sorted:
Cheraw – A language dialect
Chinook Jargon – A trade language
Chontal de Oaxaca
Chontal de Tabasco (Chontal Maya)
Clatskanie (Clatskanai, Clackstar)
Cucupa (Cucupá, Cucapá)
The Accohannock Indian Tribe was originally a sub-tribe of the Powhatan Nation. The Accohannock Indian Tribe is one of the oldest historical tribes in Maryland.
The Tribal Office is located in Marion, MD, a small town just north of Crisfield. The Accohannocks originally inhabited the territory they called Accomack which, after colonization, became the Eastern Shore of Old Virginia and is presently the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia.
The territory included the Chesapeake Bay home villages on the Annemessex River at present day Crisfield, MD, on the Accohannock Creek in Virginia and on the islands in the Chesapeake Bay.
The Accohannock Indian Tribe is an Algonquian-speaking sub-tribe of the Powhatan nation. The bands of the Accohannock were part of the Accomac Confederation. They were the first watermen, hunters, farmers, and trappers on the Chesapeake Bay waters and wetlands.
A veteran archaeologist, Bonnie McEwan sifts dirt in search of vanished cultures. It’s not every day she hears from one in person.
Dr. McEwan directs Mission San Luis, a 17th-century site where Spanish friars baptized thousands of Apalachee, an Indian nation so imposing that early mapmakers bestowed the tribe’s name on distant mountains, known ever since as the Appalachians. In 1704, English forces attacked, driving the Apalachee into slavery and exile. Scholars long ago pronounced the tribe extinct.
Then Dr. McEwan received a call from the dead. “This is Gilmer Bennett,” a drawling voice said on her answering machine, “chief of the Apalachee.”
The Chattahoochee River is where at least 32 ethnic groups came to live in the 1700s. They assimilated to become the Creek Indians by the end of that century.