The Santee mainly lived along the Santee River in South Carolina. The Santee Indian Organization was officially recognized by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs as a Native American tribe in 2006. The organization is seeking to achieve federal recognition.

PICTURED ON THE RIGHT: Santee Family from Holly Hill, South Carolina. Allen & Laura Platt and their children suffered indignities with the area Orangeburg County schools until they filed a suit against that schools and the Courts declared that they were able to attend the "White Schools" and that they were "White" therefore. Learn more stories from Road Trip! Through Civil Rights in South Carolina.

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Santee Community | Periscope
Santee Community | Periscope

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Like most Native Americans in South Carolina, the Santee have a history of trading with early colonists from Europe. In 1701, English explorer John Lawson described his meeting with the "King" of the...
Santee Tribe | Periscope
Santee Tribe | Periscope

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The Santee Tribe are one of the most unique in South Carolina because of their limited population. It is estimated there are fewer than 400 descendants of the Santee Tribe in the state.
Native American Place Names in South Carolina
Native American Place Names in South Carolina

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Here are some of the meanings of these names: * Enoree -- River of Muscadines * Santee -- Safety, Protection * Cheraw -- Fire * Chatooga -- Rocky Waters * Tamassee -- Place of the Sunlight of God *...
Those Who Remain, Part 3 - Santee
Those Who Remain, Part 3 - Santee

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Each morning, Oscar Pratt, Chief of the Santee of Holly Hill, drives 30 miles to Walterboro, where he is the supervisor for a steel company. After work, he is usually in his fields until dark, and...
Those Who Remain, Part 1 - Native Population
Those Who Remain, Part 1 - Native Population

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In this segment, Herb McAmis, an adopted member of the Edisto-Kusso-Natchez people of Dorchester and Colleton Counties, explains that some are genetic Indians and some are Indians in their hearts. He...
Native American Community Store | Road Trip
Native American Community Store | Road Trip

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T.L. Scott, the former Chief of Santee Indian Organization talks about his family's community store. T.L. Scott speaks about being treated "almost normal" compared to the blacks in the area.
No High School | Road Trip
No High School | Road Trip

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T.L. Scott, the former Chief of Santee Indian Organization, talks about not being allowed to go to high school after the eighth grade.