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Raven of Hiwassee (c.1712 - c.1761)

RAVEN OF HIWASSEE Child of Moytoy. Born: probably about 1710. He was also called King of the Valley and Raven of the Valley. He was the principal leader of the Valley Towns, and was one of the most inf...

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Cabin Smith (1747 - 1836)

Cabin Smith was a full-blood Cherokee, of the Paint clan.   Under the treaty of 27 February 1819, he was granted a reservation (other than where he lived) of 640 acres, to be laid off...

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Bud Adams (1923 - 2013)

Kenneth Stanley "Bud" Adams, Jr. (January 3, 1923 – October 21, 2013) was the owner of the Tennessee Titans, a National Football League franchise. He was instrumental in the founding and estab...

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Mary Emory of Ani'Gilâ'h Long Hair Clan MP (c.1728 - c.1765)

For more information be sure to read the "The Abraham Hembree Data Project" by Larry Petrisky. You can find it online at the link below. -------------------- Mary was a tribal member and aristocr...

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Susannah Catherine, of the Deer Clan (c.1742 - d.)

Name: Susannah Catherine - of the Deer Clan Sex: F Event: Misc 6 JUN 2006 Change Date: 25 JUN 2006 Marriage 1 Dutsi Tachee -Paint Clan Children 1. Has Children "Scar The Law -Sky Buck" RI...

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Da-Tsi (Tah Chee) "Dutch" Carpenter MP (c.1738 - c.1787)

More About DA-TSI: Blood: 3/4 Cherokee Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf Clan (Peggy Scott?) Emigration: 1828, to Texas from Arkansas ttp://www.genealogy.com/users/h/i/c/James-R-Hicks-VA/BOOK-0001/0021-0005.html...

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E-li-si (1740 - d.)

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Jesse (Rev.) Bushyhead MP (1804 - 1844)

: Perhaps no character in all Cherokee history was more revered and respected by his people than was Jesse Bushyhead , who was born in southeastern Tennessee in September 1804. The family home was si...

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Ostenaco Outacite "Mankiller" of Settico, Cherokee Emissary to England MP (c.1703 - 1780)

Ostenaco Born c. 1703, Died c. 1780 Nationality: Cherokee Ostenaco (Ustanakwa, or "Big Head") , who preferred to go by the warrior's title he earned at any early age, "Mankiller" (Utsidihi), al...

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Meli Ward (Full Blood Cherokee) (1774 - 1825)

Nancy Ward took Meli (a full blood Cherokee) in when both of her parents were killed. Nancy also took in William S. Taylor (he was 1/4 Cherokee) who had lost his family. Nancy Ward raised both of the o...

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Pathkiller (Colonel), Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (from 1811–1827) MP (1742 - 1827)

Pathkiller From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Pathkiller, (c 1749 to 8 January 1827), was a Cherokee warrior, town chief, and Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. He also served as a colonel ...

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Ludovic Grant MP (1696 - c.1758)

Ludovic Grant is listed by some sources as a clan chief of the Grant clan in Scotland in 1710. He joined the Jacobite rebellion in 1715, which sought to restore James II as King of England. He was capt...

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Standing Deer MP (c.1755 - 1775)

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1st Lt. Redbird Sixkiller (USA), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Cherokee Nation (c.1823 - 1898)

Redbird Sixkiller was born in the Cherokee Nation East in Georgia. In 1837, he and his wife, Pamelia Whaley, were informed that they were to be forcibly removed from Georgia and relocated to the Indi...

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Wah-Li (Polly) Otterlifter Vann MP (1746 - c.1835)

Birth: 1746 in Cherokee Nation East, Death: UNKNOWN in Oklahoma. Fullblood Cherokee from the Paint Clan of Cherokees. # 1443, Refn 443. Cherokees were a Matriarchal society. Other names for Wah Li we...

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John "Cherokee" Vann III MP (c.1746 - c.1805)

Notes for JOHN CHEROKEE VANN III: Moravian Journals, 12/20/1806; refers to Polly Terrapin's husband as having died of Small Pox at Hightower. Presumably, this was John "Cherokee" Vann. His father, Jo...

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Sister of Raven Wa-Wli Vann, Wild Potato Clan MP (c.1726 - 1819)

Go to for a succinct and incredible history of the Cherokee. Sister of Raven died just before the Cherokee language became written (The Cherokee syllabary is a syllabary invented by Sequoyah to write t...

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Chief Great Eagle Carpenter (1702 - 1741)

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Wurteh Tawsee Fox "She who Carries the Sun" (1705 - 1764)

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Senator Clement Vann Rogers, CSA MP (1839 - 1911)

Clement Vann Rogers (1839–1911) was a Cherokee senator and judge in Indian Territory. Rogers was a Confederate veteran and served as a delegate to the Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. Rogers ...

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Tsu-nu-lv-hv-s-gi (1779 - d.)

Tsu-nu-lv-hv-s-gi was an adopted child of Drowning Bear and Ni-gu-da-yi. Other than the year of his birth, no other information is known of his life before being adopted.

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Jennie (Che-gail-a-teh) Yo-nu-gv-ya-s-gi (1829 - c.1882)

1848 Mullay roll: #470 as Che-gail-a-teh 1851 Siler roll: Wolf Town, Haywood Co, NC, fam# 53, roll# 581 as Che-ul-lut-tuh 1852 Chapman roll: Wolf Town, Haywood Co, NC, fam# 53, roll# 581 as Che-ul-...

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Wilsoneh Oguma (Oocumma, Oo-kum-muh) (1825 - 1882)

1848 Mullay roll: # 469 as Wilsonih 1851 Siler roll: Wolf Town, Haywood Co, NC, fam# 53, roll# 580 1852 Chapman roll: Wolf Town, Haywood Co, NC, fam# 53, roll# 580 1869 Sweatland roll: fam# 56, r...

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John Welch O-gu-ma (Oocumma) (1782 - 1837)

From James Hicks: Miller application# 16252 for John's granddaughter, Maggie Reed nee Oo-kum-mah, gives the name of her grandfather as John Welch aka Oo-kum-mah. Was this a full blood namesake of the...

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Oocumma "The Badger" Attakullakulla (c.1739 - c.1792)

Hated the whites. More About THE BADGER: Attended 1: November 1788, Eustinali council Attended 2: June 1792, Estinawa council Blood: 3/4 Cherokee Clan: Ani'-Wa'ya = Wolf Clan (Peggy Scott?)...

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Sam (Sam-mih) Owl (c.1802 - d.)

Chapman Roll 1851 Birdtown, Haywood County, NC [another transcriber wrote Wolftown] 862. Sam-mih (or Sam Owl) 53 [6206? 15841] 863. Wo-te-yoh-ih 40 w [15841] 864. Ar-chih 16 s [15841] [another ...

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U-gu-ku (Oogookoo The Owl) (deceased)

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John (Tsi-na-qui) Owl (c.1796 - 1877)

Family went on Trail of Tears to Oklahoma but returned to NC 1851 Chapman Roll in River Valley, Cherokee County NC 1870 Census Cherokee Co, NC (Murphy) age 90 1848 (listing from papers Lloyd Owle...

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Caulunna, the Raven of Chota MP (1676 - 1741)

CAULUNNA Born: before 1676. The English word for Caulunna was Raven. He was the leader of the Seven Clans, and went to England in 1730. Ile was killed in battle in 1741. His sister, Quatsis or Quatie, ...

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Melba? MP (c.1730 - d.)

Said to be the daughter of Attakalluka and Nione, but her mother could have been a Choctaw woman. Links

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Black Fox (c.1720 - d.)

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Turtle at Home . MP (c.1758 - c.1814)

Turtle-at-Home, or Selukuki Wohelengh, was a Cherokee warrior and leader, brother of Dragging Canoe and one of his chief lieutenants during the Chickamauga wars. In the beginning and the later years, h...

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Kan-Ne-Qua-Tes-Ke Crittenden MP (1768 - 1850)

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Mary Shine "Yun" (1772 - 1835)

Ani Yun Wiya = The people in Cherokee (NC) Anigatogewi or Wild Potato Clan

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James Robert Adair MP (c.1709 - 1783)

James Adair was born ca 1709 in County Antrim, Ireland and died, probably in Cherokee Nation East, around 1783. Will 21 Oct. 1766, proved 4 Nov. 1782 Parents: said to have been a member of the Fitzge...

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PFC Charles George, Medal of Honor (1932 - 1952)

Charles George (August 23, 1932–November 30, 1952) was a U.S. Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat on November 30, 1952, during the Korean War. He was fatally w...

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Ernest Edwin Evans, CMDR MP (1908 - 1944)

Ernest Edwin Evans (August 13, 1908 – October 25, 1944) was an officer of the United States Navy who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in W...

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Jack C Montgomery, 1lt MP (1917 - 2002)

Jack C. Montgomery (July 23, 1917 – June 11, 2002) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his ac...

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Alexander McGillivary, Principal Chief of the Upper Creek (Muscogee) MP (1750 - 1793)

Alexander McGillivray (December 15, 1750 – February 17, 1793) was a leader of the Creek (Muscogee) Indians during and after the American Revolution who worked to establish a Creek national ident...

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April "Tikami" Hop (1690 - 1744)

April "Tikami" Hop (meaning: April Water ) was born 1690 in Chota, Cherokee Territory (present day Tennessee) and died in 1744 in Upper Hiwassee, Cherokee Territory (present day Tennessee) Parents: M...

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Whiteman Killer Watts (deceased)

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Stillwell Sa-wa-nu-gi (deceased)

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Stand Watie, Brig. General, CSA, Principal Chief MP (c.1806 - 1871)

Stand Watie (1806-1871) Born at Oothcaloga in the Cherokee Nation, Georgia (near present day Rome, Georgia) on December 12, 1806, Stand Watie's Cherokee name was De-ga-ta-ga, or "he stands." He als...

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Joseph Vann, Principal Chief MP (1798 - 1844)

Joseph H. Vann, (11 February 1798 – 23 October 1844). He was a Cherokee leader who owned Diamond Hill (now known as the Chief Vann House), many slaves, taverns, and steamboats that he operated o...

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Richard Baxter Choate, Principal Chief for a day MP (1863 - 1937)

--- from A history of the state of Oklahoma Vol II by Luther B Hill A.B. 1910 Richard B. Choate. A native of the Cherokee nation and a resident of Bunch, Adair county, since his boyhood days, Richa...

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Edward M Fry, Chief for 1 day (deceased)

Chief for 1 day: June 23, 1923

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Andrew Bell Cunningham, Principal Chief (1869 - 1906)

Chief for 17 days. Listed on the 1880 CN Census: ;DE, 639; 1890 CN Census: Tahlequah, 1982; Dawes Roll: card# 5858, roll# 14029; Miller Roll: Tahlequah, OK, ap# 27674, roll# 9028; Blood: 1/8 Cherokee; ...

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Samuel McDaniel Fox Taylor, CSA, Principal Chief MP (1818 - 1883)

Confederate Chief -------------------- Judge Samuel McDaniel Fox TAYLOR b: 3 FEB 1818 in Cherokee Nation East Name: Samuel McDaniel Taylor Birth: 3 FEB 1818 in Cherokee Nation East, Tennessee...

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John Spears, Confederate Chief (deceased)

Confederate Chief

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Smith Wa-de Wa-ki-gu Christie, Union Chief MP (c.1812 - 1902)

About Christie, Smith Nickname Watt, b. 1817 Union Chief 1863 Cherokee Name: Wa-de Wa-ki-gu. Cherokee Evaluations of 1836 lists Watt Christie as 24 yrs. old and living on a farm at the mouth of the...

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Thomas Ah-yes-takie Peggs, Major, CSA, USA, Civil War Chief (1806 - 1866)

Pegg, Thomas (Ah-yes-takie) A Major of the 2nd Reg Cherokee Mounted Rifles, CSA (also known as Drew s Regiment & First Reg); after the Battle of Pea Ridge in AR, switched to the Union Side as Capt., ...

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Charles J Hunt, Principal chief for a day (1876 - d.)

Charles J Hunt Cherokee Chief for 1 day Listed on; 1880 CN Census: Cooweescoowee, 1405 1890 CN Census: Cooweescoowee, 2566 Dawes Roll: card# 3614, roll# 8787 Miller Roll: Vinita, OK, ap...

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Oliver P Brewer, Jr., Principal Chief (1871 - d.)

Oliver Hazard Perry Brewer was known as Chute. He attended Cherokee Nation schools and the Cherokee Male Seminary. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1893. When his father died, he took ov...

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William W. Hastings, Principal Chief (1866 - 1938)

William Wirt Hastings (December 31, 1866 - April 8, 1938) was a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma. Born on a farm in Benton County, Arkansas, near the Indian Territory boundary, Hastings moved with h...

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Chief Black Fox MP (c.1745 - 1811)

Black Fox (Circa 1745-1811) was born about 1746 in the Cherokee village of Ustanali, in the Lower Towns area (found today in northeastern Alabama, northwestern Georgia, and their adjoining areas of sou...

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Chief William Abraham Hicks MP (1769 - 1837)

William Abraham Hicks (1769 - 1837?, age 68) became Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1827 after being elected to succeed his older brother, Charles R. Hicks, the longtime Second Principal Chie...

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Big Tiger, Principal Chief (c.1770 - d.)

Big Tiger (1824-1828); principal chief of the faction of those in the Nation following Whitepath's teachings inspired by the Seneca prophet Handsome Lake.--------------------Big Tiger (1824-1828); prin...

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Chief Charles Renatus Hicks MP (1767 - 1827)

Charles Renatus Hicks (23 December 1767 - 20 January 1827, age 59) was one of the most important Cherokee leaders in the early 19th century and the first non fullblood to be chosen as Principal Chief o...

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William Holland Thomas, Principal Chief MP (1805 - 1893)

Adopted by Chief Yonaguska Drowning Bear. Drowning Bear called him Wil-Usdi or "Little Will." -------------------- Birth parents of William Holland Thomas were Richard Thomas and Temperance Calvert...

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Nimrod Tsaladihi Jarrett Smith, CSA, Principal Chief MP (1837 - 1893)

Nimrod Jarrett Smith (1837–1893), or Tsaladihi, was the fourth Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. His father was the Valley River landowner Henry Smith, one of the wealthie...

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Stillwell Saunooke, Principal Chief (deceased)

Stillwell Saunooke Principal Chief (1891-1895)

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Salonitah, Flying Squirrel Oo-co-la-hoh (1796 - 1884)

Flying Squirrel, Chief Chief Bet. 1870-75: Principal Chief of CN East. Listed on the 1848 Mullay Roll: # 173 as Flying Squirrel (Cheif of Paint Town); 1851 Siler Roll: Paint Town, Haywood Co., NC, fa...

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Lloyd Dah-si-ki-yah-gih Romulus Welch, I, Principal Chief MP (c.1840 - c.1880)

Principal Chief of NC: 1875-1880. Cherokee Name: Dah-si-ki-yah-gih. Nickname: Shoeboot Find A Grave Memorial# 14012015

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Jesse Tse`si-ska`tsi Reed (Reid), Principal Chief MP (deceased)

Jesse Reed ( Reid) (1899-1903) Aka: Scotch Jesse , Chief of Eastern Bank of Cherokees. Cherokee Name: Tse si-ska tsi .

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John Goins Welch, Principal Chief (deceased)

John Goins Welch Principal Chief (1907-1911)

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Andy Standing Deer, Principal Chief (deceased)

Andy Standing Deer Principal Chief (1895-1899)

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Joseph A Saunooke, Principal Chief (deceased)

Joseph A. Saunooke Principal Chief (1911-1915)

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Bird Saloloneeta, or Young Squirrel, Principal Chief (deceased)

Bird Saloloneeta, or Young Squirrel, Principal Chief (1903-1907)

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John A Tahquette, Principal Chief (deceased)

John A. Tahquette Principal Chief (1927-1931)

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Jarret Blythe, Principal Chief (1886 - 1977)

JARRETT BLYTHE Chief of the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. 1931-1937 Promoted route through the Qualla Boundary Chief Blythe descended from a line of Cherokee leaders, most promi...

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David Blythe, Principal Chief MP (1862 - d.)

David Blythe Principal Chief (1915-1919) David Blythe was the son of Jackson Blythe and Ollie Reed. He was the husband of Nannie (Nancy) Jackson Blythe ( married 17.July 1898 JW Birds) He was the h...

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Sampson Owl, Principal Chief of the Eastern Cherokee (1854 - d.)

Sampson Owl Principal Chief (1923-1927)--------------------Principal Chief, 1923-1927; HOH 1870 Jackson Co, NC census w/father; 1898, 1906, 1914, 1923, 1928, 1937 Cherokee census (full); Baker Roll 192...

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Henry Bradley, Principal Chief (deceased)

Henry Bradley Principal Chief (1947-1951

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Olsey Bird Saunooke, Principal Chief (deceased)

Osley Bird Saunooke Principal Chief (1951-1955)

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Walter Jackson, Principal Chief (deceased)

Walter Jackson Principal Chief (1967-1971)

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Noah Powell, Principal Chief (deceased)

Noah Powell Principal Chief (1971-1973)

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John A Crowe, Principal Chief (1917 - 2001)

John A. Crowe Principal Chief (1973-1983

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Joyce Dugan, Principal Chief (deceased)

Former Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, a teacher and former superintendent of schools, Joyce Dugan has been a mover and a shaper. Elected to office in 1995, Dugan advoca...

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Leon Jones, Principal Chief (deceased)

Leon Jones Principal Chief (1999-2003)

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Robert S Youngdeer, Principal Chief MP (1922 - d.)

Principal Chief (1983-1987) and military hero, Robert S. Youngdeer was born April 13, 1922 at Ravensford.The son of Jesse Youngdeer and Martha Jane Owl Youngdeer, he attended Cherokee Boarding School. ...

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Jonathan L Taylor, Principal Chief (deceased)

Principal Chief 1987 - 1995

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Gerard Parker, Principal Chief (deceased)

Gerard Parker Principal Chief (1995)

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John Hitcher, Principal Chief (deceased)

John Hitcher Principal Chief (1939-1946)

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Jeff Tindle, Principal Chief (deceased)

Jeff Tindle Principal Chief (1954 – 1960)

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William Glory, Principal Chief (deceased)

William Glory Principal Chief (1967 - 1979)

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Michell Hicks, Principal Chief (1964 - d.)

Michell Hicks, Principal Chief Eastern Band of Cherokee One of Southwestern Community College’s graduates joined the ranks of film maker George Lucas, actor James Belushi, Apollo 13 astronaut ...

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Jim Pickup, Principal Chief (deceased)

Jim Pickup Principal Chief (1946-1954)

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James L Gordon, Principal Chief (deceased)

James L. Gordon Principal Chief (1979 – 1983)

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John Hair, Principal Chief (deceased)

John Hair Principal Chief (1983 – 1991)

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Jim Henson, Principal Chief (deceased)

Jim Henson Principal Chief (1996 – 2000)

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Dallas Proctor, Principal Chief (deceased)

Dallas Proctor Principal Chief 2000 – 2004

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Black Coat, Principal Chief (b. - 1835)

Black Coat was the second western Cherokee chief, serving with first chief John Jolly and third chief Walter Webber. Black Coat participated in the Cherokee was against the Osages and was with the gr...

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John (Jr.) "Young Tassel" Watts, Principal Chief MP (c.1750 - c.1808)

John Watts, or Kunokeski, also known as Young Tassel, was one of the leaders of the Chickamauga/Lower Cherokee during the Chickamauga wars, particularly after the murder of his uncle, Old Tassel, by ma...

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The Glass, or Ta'gwadihi, Principal Chief (c.1755 - d.)

The Glass, or Ta'gwadihi Principal Chief (1807-1809) Event: Fact 27 OCT 1805 Signed treaty of Tellico next to Chief Black Fox, as The Glass, or Tunnquetihee, his x mark (L.S.) Event: Fact 8 JUL 1...

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Degadoga, Principal Chief (deceased)

Degadoga Principal Chief (1813-1817) Degadoga, or Tatoka, was an early Cherokee emigrant who succeeded as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation West upon the departure for Spanish Texas in 1813 of t...

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Tahlonteeskee of Cayuga, Principal Chief MP (deceased)

Chief Tahlonteeskee, who presided over the Cherokee Nation from 1809 to 1818. He was part of the Old Settler band of Cherokees who moved from the ancestral lands in the Southeast United States. They se...

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John (Ahuludegi) Oolooteka Jolly, Principal Chief MP (b. - 1838)

John Jolly, Cherokee name Ahuludegi, also known as Oolooteka, was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation West upon the death of his brother Tahlonteeskee in 1819. He had served as headman of Ca...

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Chief John Looney (1776 - 1846)

John Looney was the last person elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation West by the whole tribe, and that was his second election to that office. He was first elected to succeed John Jolly after...

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Chief John Brown Jr MP (1796 - 1822)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia John Brown, formerly judge of the Chickamauga District of the Cherokee Nation East, was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation West 22 April 1839, after ...

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