Two distant cousins, both of whom have served in leadership roles for South Carolina’s only federally recognized Indian tribe, are vying to be the next Catawba Indian Nation Chief.
Jason Harris has served as assistant chief since 2015. He and his opponent, Brian Harris, 51, have served on various boards and committees for the tribe. They both say they want to end tribal divisiveness and bring progress.
Whoever is elected will replace Chief William “Bill” Harris, 69, who was elected in 2011 and decided not to seek re-election. Jason Harris confirmed he and Brian are third cousins. It’s unclear how the candidates are related to Bill Harris.