Our Mission Statement
United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the development of federally recognized Indian Tribes, to improving the capabilities of Tribal governments, and assisting the USET Members and their governments in dealing effectively with public policy issues and in serving the broad needs of Indian people.
What is USET?
Established in 1969, the United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) is a non-profit, inter-Tribal organization serving thirty-three (33) federally recognized Tribal Nations from the Northeastern Woodlands to the Everglades and across the Gulf of Mexico. USET is dedicated to enhancing the development of Tribal Nations, improving the capabilities of Tribal governments, and improving the quality of life for Indian people through a variety of technical and supportive programmatic services.
What is USET SPF?
The USET Sovereignty Protection Fund (USET SPF) strives to protect, promote, and advance our inherent sovereign rights, and to elevate the voices of Tribal Nations in our region at the federal level.
Statement of Unity
Read how USET proclaims its objectives and declares its purpose.
Statement of Unity
On October 4, 1968, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida met in Cherokee, North Carolina, with the shared idea that some form of unity between the Tribal Nations would facilitate their dealings with the federal government. The result of their vision of “Strength in Unity” was the inter-Tribal council United Southeastern Tribes. The organization changed its name in 1978 to United South and Eastern Tribes to better reflect its membership, as federally recognized Tribal Nations from the Northeastern Woodlands to the Everglades and across the Gulf of Mexico affiliated themselves with the organization.