On October 10th, after a year of activities promoting and defending inherent tribal sovereignty, representatives authorized by seven tribal governments ratified the charter of the Alliance of Colonial Era Tribes (ACET). The efforts of ACET include successfully advocating for the defense of full membership and voting rights for all historic tribes with the National Congress of American Indians.
ACET has been chartered as an alliance of southern and eastern tribes which share a common history and common goals. Tribes acknowledged by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and those not yet listed by the BIA which share the history of certain types of documented colonial and federal contact are eligible for membership. Advocacy efforts will not be limited to the s
The newly appointed ACET General Secretary, Rev. John Norwood (Nanticoke-Lenape), has responded to questions posed by journalist Cedric Sunray (MOWA Choctaw) of the Haskell Endangered Legacy Project on the formation of ACET. Read the Interview here.