The Southern Band Tuscarora has their seal made of wampum beads. The skarorehaka-hemp gatherers are in the west,
the kuatenuhwaka-people of the pines in the south, the akwahteka-people of the water in the east and the Gustoweh is in the north.
The fire of their Nation burns in the center of the Longhouse. The Southern Band Tuscarora does not fly the Haudenosaune banner.
Nor do they adhere to the Digahnahweda-Great Peace Law of the Six Nations.
While we are of the same peoples as The Six Nations - we maintain our separate identity, governed, as is our tradition, by the Grand Council, at present, consisting of Three female Clanmothers and Four Clan Chiefs.
We are of the Bear Clan. Our Seal acknowledges the Skahrooreaga - hemp gatherers, in the West, Kgahtenoowahgah - people of the pines, in the South the agawahntehgah - -people of the water, in the East. The Gustoweh is in the North.
Our Peoples once inhabited all the lands from near the Virginia Border almost to South Carolina, from North to South, and from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plains from East to West. This included most of North Carolina.
governed, as is our tradition, by the Grand Council, at present, consisting of Three female Clanmothers and Four Clan Chiefs.
We are governed by by-laws - and most members maintain the Traditional customs and beliefs of the Tuscarora. Our membership is 180 plus strong, and while some of our members are in other states, ALL of our grandparents were the Tuscarora who have always resided in the territories of NC/VA.
Our first Chief, Joseph General Jack Cotton of the Southern Band Tuscarora, was one of the elders who brought the Tuscarora back together after the fall of the Tuscarora Confederacy, over 270 years ago and his wife, the Clan Grandmother of the Bear Clan, Rita Rising Sun Cotton have gone down inthe history of the Tribe as the reuniting force of the Southern Band Tuscarora.