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We are awaiting "eligibility for services from the
Secretary of the Interior" which is mistakenly referred to as "Federal
Recognition." We were recognized by the Treaties of 1677 with England, 1794
with the Iroquois Confederacy, and by the US Government by the 1803 Treaty
of the Louisiana Purchase. Our people were represented, by ancestors that
were signatories on the
Treaties between the United States of America with the Western Cherokees
of 1817, 1828, 1833, and as "so-called Southern Cherokees" on the Treaty
of 1866, but the US Government has "forgotten."
We have not forgotten who we are, nor will allow ourselves be forgotten.
What I found out is if I want my people to be free, the Whiteman has to be free - at least in this country." Russell Means
"Oh-see-yo Oh-ghee-nah-lee-ee, OO-lee-hay-lees-dee
Oh-wee-noo-soo" Cherokee for "Greetings Friend, welcome home." Now get busy
and start fighting for your people's sovereignty!
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"Caretakers of the Cherokee
People" (click for
more historical information) (Quote is from Brown, John P. in
his book Old Frontiers: The Story of the Cherokee Indians from the
Earliest Times to the Date of Their Removal to the West, 1938 - A masterly
account of this peculiarly gifted Indian nation and of the white frontier
confronting it, by an author thoroughly prepared to do his subject justice.
Illus.LC 74-146379 Kingsport, Tenn. 1938 - ISBN:
O'siyo! Chilugi, or Welcome to The Official Online Home of the The Sovereign Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee
...led by a tripartite governing body
consisting of Principal Chief, Elders, and General Council under a written
A Traditionally-minded Chickamauga Tsalagi People
4253 persons on the Federal Cherokee Rolls as of 1924 were Pocahontas descendants!
When Chief Wahunsunacock - or Powhatan - took his last Tsalagi wife, Amopotoiske, who later became the mother of Matoaka (or Pocahontas), as his wife, this put an end to Powhatan fighting with the Cherokee, as this brought unity with the two great nations. Amopotoiske was of the village of Amonute on Bear Creek, where it flows into the Appomattox River. She was leader of the Wild Potatoes Clan, also known as the Bear Clan. The Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee was from this village, which means "Village on Bear Creek" or "The Bear Clan."
Principal Chief Martin "Walking Bear" Wilson, a descendant of Powhatan, Pocahontas, Dragging Canoe, and the 13th hereditary "Werowance" since Powhatan, or Paramount (Hereditary) Chief of the Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee. Anciently, the word Werowance was used instead of "Chief."
The Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee, before reopening its rolls recently, was of the "lost" Bear Clan of the Cherokee Nation. Our hereditary chief descends from Powhatan and Pocahontas, whose mother Amopotuskee was the leader of the Wild Potatoes Clan, another name for the ancient Bear Clan. Since reopening our rolls, we once again have the now- traditional 7 Cherokee Clans represented in our band. There were originally 14 or more clans or sub-clans.
About 1803, long after the Amonsoquath had relocated to what is now Missouri, the other Bear Clan relations in the Old Cherokee Nation changed its name to the "Blue Holly Clan." The United Keetoowah Band (UKB) of Cherokee Indians has a Bear Clan as one of their seven clans..
Bear is the
most ancient of the Cherokee Clans. Bear Clan predates the Kituwa Clan
chronologically. It is also the clan of most all of the surviving parts of
the Powhatan Confederacy, like the Powhatan Renape (really Rappahannocks),
Monacans, and others - as well as many other Native American Indian Nations,
and even ancient European societies.
|Click here to hear a Tsalagi Invocation by Raven Hail (20
read Cherokee Stories from the Author, Raven Hail
Thanks to: Karen Strom's WWW Virtual Library - American Indians
Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
| This website is an experimental
attempt to involve you-the digital citizen-as a partner in the legislative
process. At this page, you will be able to read a series of ideas-and offer
your comments-on how Congress could help to advance the cause of e-Government.
We are not specifically endorsing any of these ideas at this time-first,
we want to hear your opinions on which of these ideas, if any, should be
included in future e-Government legislation. We welcome your participation
in this collaborative project.
Jo Ann Emerson
ESSAY: JANET MC CLOUD, A TULALIP AND A CHIEF SEATHL DESCENDANT, ON "WHO IS SOVEREIGN"
Chief Redbird Smith, Nighthawk Keetoowah, concerning the Cherokee Religion
I have endeavored in my efforts, for my people to remember that
any religion must be an unselfish one. That even though condemned, falsely
accused and misunderstood by both officials and my own people I must press
on and do the work of my convictions.
How did the Turtle get on the stump?
"It is dehumanizing to suggest that there is some magic amount of Indian blood that is sufficient or insufficient to make one an Indian," Kevin Gover, BIA Assistant Secretary of the Interior to the The New London, CT "Day" newspaper, on May 14, 2000"
Howard: As a Cherokee /Powhatan I learned a great deal researching my lineage.
Native American News - Click here for ALL the headlines!
We call your attention to "A Basic Call to Consciousness" -The Haudenosaunee Address to the Western World
Declaration of Continuing Independence by the First International Indian Treaty Council
The Amonsoquath Cherokee Indian People are exempt from all taxes unless imposed by his/her own Nation, Band or Tribe. See US Constitution Art. 6, Sect. 11, and Amendment XIV, Sect. 11. Exempt from Draft Laws of the US and Canada. Unrestricted freedom to travel the Americas - Jay Treaty of 1794 Article 3. Hunting and Fishing Rights. Protection under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act. Report 95 - 341.
Western Cherokee Treaties
By Russell Means
January 16, 1998
I abhor the term Native American. It is a generic government term used to describe all the indigenous prisoners of the United States. These are the American Samoans, the Micronesians, the Aleutes, the original Hawaiians and the erroneously termed Eskimos, who are actually Upiks and Inupiaqs. And, of course, the American Indian.
The statistics used by the United States government to tell you how many "Native Americans" there are in this country include all of the above, the misnomer is everyone assumes, in the contiguous 48 states, that the total number of "Native Americans" is the total number of American Indians. Not true. There are approximately 1.7 million "Native Americans", of that number, there are approximately 1.2 million American Indians of which less than 600,000 live on Indian reservations.
I prefer the term American Indian because I know its origins. The word Indian is an English bastardization of two Spanish words, En Dio, which correctly translated means in with God. As an added distinction the American Indian is the only ethnic group in the United States with the American before our ethnicity.
At an international conference of Indians from the Americas held in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations in 1977 we unanimously decided we would go under the term American Indian. "We were enslaved as American Indians, we were colonized as American Indians and we will gain our freedom as American Indians and then we will call ourselves any damn thing we choose."
Finally, I will not allow a government, any government, to define who I am. Besides, anyone born in the Western hemisphere is a Native American.
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