The tribe is governed by the Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Council consisting of seven members who are elected by the tribal membership (any adult member, over 18) by secret ballot. They serve staggered terms of one to three years. Council members may serve unlimited consecutive terms, providing they are reelected after three years.
The Chief position was formerly handed down, but recently became an elected position. The role of the Chief is an honorary role, and beyond advising the Council, is largely symbolic. The Assistant Chief position is relatively new, and has similar responsibilities as the Chief. Neither the Chief nor Assistant Chief have voting power in council meetings, however they serve as public relations representatives always promoting the Waccamaw Siouan people; the Council may establish further duties for either position as well.
The tribe also has an Elders Review Committee and conducts monthly tribal meetings to inform and educate members about issues of importance to the tribe as a whole. The opinions and suggestions of tribal members are solicited during these meetings and are incorporated into the decision-making process.
The tribal council employs a tribal staff to handle the day-to-day operations of the tribe. The Council supervises the staff in the oversight of all tribal grant programs and staff provides a monthly reporting of the status of grant activities to local, state, and federal agencies, private donors, the tribal council, and tribal members.
The tribe is affiliated with Legal Aid of North Carolina - Pembroke Office.
Preacher Michael Jacobs
Rev. Howard Jacobs
Lawana Spaulding Bailey
Lennea Young Graham