Chief Salonitah “Flying Squirrel” Oo-co-la-hoh

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Chief Salonitah “Flying Squirrel” Oo-co-la-hoh

Birthdate: (88)
Death: 1884 (88)
Immediate Family:

Son of Junaluska and N.N., 1st wife of Junaleska
Husband of Sally Go-le-tse-hi Yonaguska and Jinny
Father of Wa-ye; Sa-nu-ka Nicodemus; Washington; Squirrel; Sa-nu-ka, To-wu-ne and 6 others
Half brother of Jim-my; Sic-que-yuh and Tsiskwa-Kaluya (aka Bird Chopper)

Occupation: 1st Principal Chief of the EBCI
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About Chief Salonitah “Flying Squirrel” Oo-co-la-hoh

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, fam# 82, roll# 333 as Oo-co-la-hoh; 1852 Chapman Roll: Paint Town, Haywood Co.,NC, fam# 82, roll# 333 as Oo-co-la-hoh; 1869 Sweatland Roll: #555 as Flying Squirril; Translation: Sawnooka=Flying Squirrel. [Source: Cherokee Lineages by James R. Hicks]


ii. Sally (Go-le-tse-hi) YONAGUSKA was born circa 1797. She appeared in the census in 1883 in Hester Roll.7 Enumerated at Cherokee, Swain County, North Carolina Number: 233 English Name: Sally Name of Indian Ancestor: Yona-gus-kee Married to Flying Squirrel, son of Junaluska



On December 1, 1870, the new government was ratified at another Grand Council, in which Flying Squirrel was elected as the 1st Principal Chief of the EBCI. By 1875 the EBCI constitution was ratified under the term of Principal Chief Lloyd Welch. Shortly after the beginning of his second term, Principal Chief Lloyd Welch died, and Smith was elected the 3rd Principal Chief of the EBCI.

  • link to Snowbird Cherokees: People of PersistenceBy Sharlotte Neely page 25

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