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Native Americans

Eighteen federally recognized Native American tribes have notified TVA that they have a cultural and historical interest in the Tennessee Valley (see list below).  TVA consults with these tribes on resource management projects that involve the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (see laws).

It is important for TVA to work closely with these tribes and consider their viewpoints regarding TVA management and protection of Native American archaeological sites, artifacts, human remains, and traditional cultural places. 

TVA hosted its first TVA-Native American Consultation Workshop in 2002, and began a dialogue with representatives of several tribes to improve the consultation process. TVA held additional tribal consultation workshops in 2007 and 2012 to continue the exchange of ideas and concerns, to discuss current efforts and plans, and to strengthen relationships. TVA plans to continue these important stakeholder meetings.

Learn more about these tribes by visiting their websites:


Cherokee Nation
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma


Chickasaw Nation


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians


Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas
Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town
Kialegee Tribal Town
Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma
Poarch Band of Creek Indians
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town


Seminole Indian Tribe
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma


Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma
The Shawnee Tribe

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