On Aug. 3, 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. However at Shaw Air Force Base, preserving Native American history and culture is a year-round mission.
Throughout history, the land at Poinsett and Shaw AFB have been occupied by various Native American tribes.
Having all of these protected sites near a bombing range and area used for military exercises can cause a conflict of interest.
The research done by the archeologists has helped to preserve the heritage of the tribes in the area and identify which factions of the Catawba have lived or passed through Poinsett.