We the First People: Catawba Constitution Initiative

The Catawba Constitution needs to be updated. Our current constitution was adopted in 1975. The tribe is now federally recognized, enrollment numbers have grown greatly, and we have new opportunities for economic development. We need to update our constitution to be able to better govern ourselves.

We are approaching the rewriting of our governing documents differently than ever before by starting with getting information from the people about what needs to be included in the document.  Community and Focus Group sessions will discuss specific questions about what you want in our governing document.  All sessions will be held at the Longhouse. Then we will send out a survey to get even more input. All of this information will be used to create a Catawba Constitution that reflects what the people want. This is OUR Constitution. Please participate and let YOUR voice be heard.

Constitution poster

Constitution poster

Citizen Session April 22nd @ 6pm

Parents Session May 8th @ 6pm

Young Adult Session May 15th @ 6pm

Citizen Session May 20th @ 6pm


March 25, 2014

1st Community Meeting: What is a Constitution

Meeting materials

Power Point presentation: Constitution- Community Meeting- March 18

Meeting Minutes: What is a Constitution Meeting

Email comments to Elizabeth.harris@catawbaindian.net or Kristie.ratterree@catawbaindian.net


May 1, 2014

The online focus group is now available online. If you have not been able to attend a meeting or live out of the area, please take a few minutes to answer the focus group questions.



June 6, 2014

Thank you for your participation. We had 48 participants at the Community meetings and 137 at the Focus Groups for a total of 185 participants. The second Community meeting ended up being a final Focus Group so those who attended that meeting are counted in the second number.


July 12, 2014

There will be a presentation about the Constitution Reform Initiative at the General Council meeting. If you are unable to attend please review online.

GC Presentation- Constitution- General Council Meeting- July 12


September 3, 2014

The community wide survey is now available online. It is being mailed to every tribal household, but you can also complete it online. The link to the survey is below. Please fill out by October 15th, 2014.



October 15, 2014

Thank you for your participation. We had a great response to our survey with 351 returned to us.

Gift card winners:

$100 winner: Rachel McDaniel
$20 winners: Maxine Sigmon, Clarence Adams, Mary Wright, Thomas Cabaniss, Matt Stewart, Stephanie Wright, Myleah Talley, Pam Wright, Jenne Kekoolani, Jason Weaver, Bonita Griggs, Tracey Dailey, Kayla Gwin, John Jeffrey Brown, Adrienne Sanders, Ricky Fowler, Christopher Frary, Shelley Pottinger, Jack Carver, and Tim Harris

Survey results: Final CIN Constitution survey results

Our consultant will now begin drafting the Constitution based on YOUR input!


January 10, 2015

We will have a presentation about the Constitution at the General Council meeting. If you are unable to attend feel free to review it online.

GC Presentation: Constitution- General Council Meeting- Jan 10


March 2015

Draft Constitution should be mailed out by the end of this week. A survey will be included with the draft. There are also two public input meetings scheduled on March 10th and 31st at 6 pm at the Longhouse and March 21st at 11 am at the Longhouse. Pizza will be included and you will have a chance to win a 32 inch television.

Catawba Constitution draft

Online survey option: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Constitutiondraft

April 2015

Survey results: There were 317 tribal members who participated in this part of the Constitution process. Thank you so much for your participation. Below is a summary of the results: Constitution Draft Survey results

June 2015

The final version of the Constitution has been mailed. Please review it and vote on July 25th to support the new Constitution.

Constitution- Final version

Contact names and phone numbers for questions or concerns:

Public Input process: Elizabeth Harris (803) 366-4792 or elizabeth.harris@catawbaindian.net

Constitution drafting: Jeffrey Harris (803) 517-1581 or jeffharris3@gmail.com