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316,049 enrolled tribal members (Eastern Band: 13,000+, Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation: 288,749, United Keetoowah Band: 14,300)[1] 819,105 claimed Cherokee
Cherokee
ancestry in the 2010 Census[2]

Regions with significant populations

 United States North Carolina
North Carolina
16,158 (0.2%)[3][3]   Oklahoma
Oklahoma
102,580 (2.7%)[3]

Languages

English, Cherokee

Religion

Christianity, Kituhwa, Four Mothers Society,[4] Native American Church[5]

This article contains Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabic characters. Without proper rendering support, you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabics.

The Cherokee
Cherokee
(/ˈtʃɛrəkiː/; Cherokee: ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ, translit. Aniyvwiyaʔi or Cherokee: ᏣᎳᎩ, translit. Tsalagi) are one of the indigenous peoples of the Southeastern Woodlands. Prior to the 18th century, they were concentrated in southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Tennessee, and the tips of western South Carolina
South Carolina
and northeastern Georgia.[6] The Cherokee language
Cherokee language
is part of the Iroquoian language group. In the 19th century, James Mooney, an American ethnographer, recorded one oral tradition that told of the tribe having migrated south in ancient times from the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
region, where other Iroquoian-speaking peoples lived;[7] however, anthropologist Thomas R. Whyte writes that the origin of the proto-Iroquoian language was likely the Appalachian region and the split between Northern and Southern Iroquoian languages began 4,000 years ago.[8] Today there are three federally recognized Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes: the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
in North Carolina, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians (UKB) in Oklahoma, and the Cherokee Nation (CN) in Oklahoma.[9] By the 19th century, European settlers in the United States
United States
classified the Cherokee
Cherokee
of the Southeast as one of the "Five Civilized Tribes," because they were agrarian and lived in permanent villages and began to adopt some cultural and technological practices of the European American settlers. The Cherokee
Cherokee
were one of the first, if not the first, major non-European ethnic group to become U.S. citizens. Article 8 in the 1817 treaty with the Cherokee
Cherokee
stated Cherokees may wish to become citizens of the United States.[10] The Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
has more than 300,000 tribal members, making it the largest of the 567 federally recognized tribes in the United States.[11] In addition, numerous groups claim Cherokee
Cherokee
lineage, and some of these are state-recognized. A total of 819,000-plus people claim having Cherokee
Cherokee
ancestry on the US census, which includes persons who are not enrolled members of any tribe.[2] Of the three federally recognized Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation and the UKB have headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The UKB are mostly descendants of "Old Settlers," Cherokee
Cherokee
who migrated to Arkansas
Arkansas
and Oklahoma
Oklahoma
about 1817 prior to Indian Removal. They are related to the Cherokee
Cherokee
who were later forcibly relocated there in the 1830s under the Indian Removal
Indian Removal
Act. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is on the Qualla Boundary
Qualla Boundary
in western North Carolina; their ancestors resisted or avoided relocation, remaining in the area.[12]

Contents

1 Name 2 Origins 3 Early cultures 4 History

4.1 17th century: English contact 4.2 18th century

4.2.1 Scots (and other Europeans) among the Cherokee
Cherokee
in the 18th century

4.3 19th century

4.3.1 Acculturation 4.3.2 Removal era

4.3.2.1 Trail of Tears 4.3.2.2 Eastern Band

4.3.3 Civil War 4.3.4 Reconstruction and late 19th century

5 Culture

5.1 Cultural institutions 5.2 Marriage 5.3 Ethnobotany

6 Language and writing system 7 Treaties and government

7.1 Treaties 7.2 Government

8 Modern Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes

8.1 Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation 8.2 Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians 8.3 United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians 8.4 Relations among the three federally recognized Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes

9 Contemporary settlement 10 Membership controversies

10.1 Tribal recognition and membership 10.2 Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen

11 Notable historical Cherokee 12 See also 13 Notes 14 References 15 External links

Name[edit] A Cherokee language
Cherokee language
name for Cherokee
Cherokee
people is Aniyvwiyaʔi (ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ), translating as "Principal People." Tsalagi is the Cherokee
Cherokee
(ᏣᎳᎩ) word for Cherokee.[13] Many theories—though none proven—abound about the origin of the name "Cherokee". It may have originally been derived from the Choctaw word Cha-la-kee, which means "people who live in the mountains", or Choctaw
Choctaw
Chi-luk-ik-bi, meaning "people who live in the cave country".[14] The earliest Spanish transliteration of the name, from 1755, is recorded as Tchalaquei.[15] Another theory is that "Cherokee" derives from a Lower Creek word, Cvlakke ("chuh-log-gee").[16] The Iroquois
Iroquois
Five Nations based in New York have historically called the Cherokee
Cherokee
Oyata’ge'ronoñ ("inhabitants of the cave country").[17] Origins[edit]

Great Smoky Mountains

Anthropologists and historians have two main theories of Cherokee origins. One is that the Cherokee, an Iroquoian-speaking people, are relative latecomers to Southern Appalachia, who may have migrated in late prehistoric times from northern areas around the Great Lakes, the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee
Haudenosaunee
nations and other Iroquoian-speaking peoples. Another theory is that the Cherokee
Cherokee
had been in the Southeast for thousands of years. Researchers in the 19th century recorded conversations with elders who recounted an oral tradition of the Cherokee
Cherokee
people migrating south from the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
region in ancient times.[7] They may have moved south into Muscogee Creek
Muscogee Creek
territory and settled at the sites of mounds built by the Mississippian culture
Mississippian culture
and earlier moundbuilders. In the 19th century, European-American settlers mistakenly attributed several Mississippian culture
Mississippian culture
sites in Georgia to the Cherokee, including Moundville and Etowah Mounds. However, other evidence shows that the Cherokee
Cherokee
did not reach this part of Georgia until the late 18th century and could not have built the mounds. The Connestee people, believed to be ancestors of the Cherokee, occupied western North Carolina
North Carolina
circa 200 to 600 CE.[18] Pre-contact Cherokee
Cherokee
are considered to be part of the later Pisgah Phase of Southern Appalachia, which lasted from circa 1000 to 1500.[19] Despite the consensus among most specialists in Southeast archeology and anthropology, some scholars[who?] contend that ancestors of the Cherokee
Cherokee
people lived in western North Carolina
North Carolina
and eastern Tennessee
Tennessee
for a far longer period of time.[20] During the late Archaic and Woodland Period, Indians in the region began to cultivate plants such as marsh elder, lambsquarters, pigweed, sunflowers, and some native squash. People created new art forms such as shell gorgets, adopted new technologies, and developed an elaborate cycle of religious ceremonies. During the Mississippian culture-period (800 to 1500 CE), local women developed a new variety of maize (corn) called eastern flint corn. It closely resembled modern corn and produced larger crops. The successful cultivation of corn surpluses allowed the rise of larger, more complex chiefdoms consisting of several villages and concentrated populations during this period. Corn became celebrated among numerous peoples in religious ceremonies, especially the Green Corn Ceremony. Early cultures[edit] Much of what is known about pre-18th-century Native American cultures has come from records of Spanish expeditions. The earliest ones of the mid-16th-century encountered people of the Mississippian culture, the ancestors to later tribes in the Southeast such as the Muscogee (Creek) and Catawba. Specifically in 1540-41, a Spanish expedition led by Hernando de Soto
Hernando de Soto
passed through what was later characterized as Cherokee
Cherokee
country by English colonists based on their historical encounter. De Soto's expedition visited villages in present-day western Georgia and eastern Tennessee, recording them as ruled by the Coosa chiefdom. It is now considered to be a chiefdom ancestral to the Muscogee Creek
Muscogee Creek
people, who are from a different language and cultural group. The Spanish recorded a Chalaque nation as living around the Keowee River where North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia meet.[21] As some of this work was not translated into English until the 20th century, alternative views had developed among English-speaking historians, related to the limited understanding by English colonists of historic Native American cultures in the Southeast. In addition, the dominance of English colonists in the Southeast led to a discounting of Spanish sources for some time in their construction of history of the area. The American writer John Howard Payne
John Howard Payne
wrote about pre-19th-century Cherokee
Cherokee
culture and society. The Payne papers describe the account by Cherokee
Cherokee
elders of a traditional two-part societal structure. A "white" organization of elders represented the seven clans. As Payne recounted, this group, which was hereditary and priestly, was responsible for religious activities, such as healing, purification, and prayer. A second group of younger men, the "red" organization, was responsible for warfare. The Cherokee
Cherokee
considered warfare a polluting activity. After warfare, the warriors required purification by the priestly class before participants could reintegrate into normal village life. This hierarchy had disappeared long before the 18th century. Researchers have debated the reasons for the change. Some historians believe the decline in priestly power originated with a revolt by the Cherokee
Cherokee
against the abuses of the priestly class known as the Ani-kutani.[22] Ethnographer
Ethnographer
James Mooney, who studied the Cherokee
Cherokee
in the late 1880s, was the first to trace the decline of the former hierarchy to this revolt.[23] By the time that Mooney was studying the people, the structure of Cherokee
Cherokee
religious practitioners was more informal, based more on individual knowledge and ability than upon heredity.[22] Another major source of early cultural history comes from materials written in the 19th century by the didanvwisgi (ᏗᏓᏅᏫᏍᎩ), Cherokee
Cherokee
medicine men, after Sequoyah's creation of the Cherokee syllabary in the 1820s. Initially only the didanvwisgi learned to write and read such materials, which were considered extremely powerful in a spiritual sense.[22] Later, the syllabary and writings were widely adopted by the Cherokee
Cherokee
people. Unlike most other Indians in the American Southeast at the start of the historic era, the Cherokee
Cherokee
spoke an Iroquoian language, an indication of their migration from another area. Since the Great Lakes region was the territory of most Iroquoian-language speakers, scholars have theorized that the Cherokee
Cherokee
migrated south from that region. This view is supported by the Cherokee
Cherokee
oral history tradition. According to the scholars' theory, the Tuscarora, another Iroquoian-speaking people who inhabited the Southeast in historic times, and the Cherokee
Cherokee
broke off from the major group during its northern migration. Other historians hold that, judging from linguistic and cultural data, the Tuscarora people
Tuscarora people
migrated South from other Iroquoian-speaking people in the Great Lakes
Great Lakes
region in ancient times. After extended harsh warfare in the Southeast, in the 1700s, the Tuscarora left the area and "returned" to the New York area, counting their tribal migration complete by 1722. The Iroquois
Iroquois
Five Nations accepted the Tuscarora as the Sixth Nation of their political confederacy, known as the Haudenosaunee.[24] Linguistic analysis shows a relatively large difference between Cherokee
Cherokee
and the northern Iroquoian languages, suggesting they had migrated long ago. Scholars posit a split between the groups in the distant past, perhaps 3500–3800 years ago.[25] Glottochronology studies suggest the split occurred between about 1,500 and 1,800 BCE.[26] The Cherokee
Cherokee
have claimed the ancient settlement of Kituwa
Kituwa
on the Tuckasegee River
Tuckasegee River
as the original Cherokee
Cherokee
settlement in the Southeast. It was formerly adjacent to and is now part of Qualla Boundary (the reserve of the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians) in North Carolina.[25] History[edit] Main article: Cherokee
Cherokee
history 17th century: English contact[edit] In 1657, there was a disturbance in Virginia Colony
Virginia Colony
as the Rechahecrians or Rickahockans, as well as the Siouan Manahoac and Nahyssan, broke through the frontier and settled near the Falls of the James, near present-day Richmond, Virginia. The following year, a combined force of English and Pamunkey
Pamunkey
drove the newcomers away. The identity of the Rechahecrians has been much debated. Historians noted the name closely resembled that recorded for the Eriechronon or Erielhonan, commonly known as the Erie tribe, another Iroquoian-speaking people based near the Great Lakes.[27] This Iroquoian people had been driven away from the southern shore of Lake Erie in 1654 by the powerful Iroquois
Iroquois
Five Nations, who were seeking more hunting grounds. The anthropologist Martin Smith theorized some remnants of the tribe migrated to Virginia after the wars (1986:131–32), later becoming known as the Westo to English in the Carolina colony. A few historians suggest this tribe was Cherokee.[28] Virginian traders developed a small-scale trading system with the Cherokee
Cherokee
in the Piedmont before the end of the 17th century; the earliest recorded Virginia trader to live among the Cherokee
Cherokee
was Cornelius Dougherty or Dority, in 1690.[29][30] The Cherokee
Cherokee
were among the Native American peoples who sold the traders Indian slaves for use as laborers in Virginia and further north. They took them as captives in raids on enemy tribes.[31] 18th century[edit]

A c. 1724 English copy of a deerskin Catawba map of the tribes between Charleston (left) and Virginia (right) following the displacements of a century of disease and enslavement and the 1715–7 Yamasee War. The Cherokee
Cherokee
are labelled as "Cherrikies".

Further information: Cherokee
Cherokee
military history The Cherokee
Cherokee
gave sanctuary to a band of Shawnee
Shawnee
in the 1660s, but from 1710 to 1715 the Cherokee
Cherokee
and Chickasaw
Chickasaw
allied with the British, and fought the Shawnee, who were allied with the French, and forced them to move northward.[32] The Cherokee
Cherokee
fought with the Yamasee, Catawba, and British in late 1712 and early 1713 against the Tuscarora in the Second Tuscarora War. The Tuscarora War marked the beginning of a British- Cherokee
Cherokee
relationship that, despite breaking down on occasion, remained strong for much of the 18th century. With the growth of the deerskin trade, the Cherokee
Cherokee
were considered valuable trading partners, since deer-skins from the cooler country of their mountain hunting-grounds were of a better quality than those supplied by the lowland tribes who were neighbors of the English colonists. In January 1716, Cherokee
Cherokee
murdered a delegation of Muscogee
Muscogee
Creek leaders at the town of Tugaloo, marking their entry into the Yamasee War. It ended in 1717 with peace treaties between the colony of South Carolina and the Creek. Hostility and sporadic raids between the Cherokee
Cherokee
and Creek continued for decades.[33] These raids came to a head at the Battle of Taliwa in 1755, present-day Ball Ground, Georgia, with the defeat of the Muscogee. In 1721, the Cherokee
Cherokee
ceded lands in South Carolina. In 1730, at Nikwasi, a former Mississippian culture
Mississippian culture
site, a Scots adventurer, Sir Alexander Cuming, crowned Moytoy of Tellico as "Emperor" of the Cherokee. Moytoy agreed to recognize King George II of Great Britain as the Cherokee
Cherokee
protector. Cumming arranged to take seven prominent Cherokee, including Attakullakulla, to London, England. There the Cherokee
Cherokee
delegation signed the Treaty of Whitehall with the British. Moytoy's son, Amo-sgasite (Dreadful Water), attempted to succeed him as "Emperor" in 1741, but the Cherokee
Cherokee
elected their own leader, Cunne Shote (Standing Turkey) of Chota.[34] Political power among the Cherokee
Cherokee
remained decentralized, and towns acted autonomously. In 1735 the Cherokee
Cherokee
were estimated to have sixty-four towns and villages, and 6,000 fighting men. In 1738 and 1739 smallpox epidemics broke out among the Cherokee, who had no natural immunity to the new infectious disease. Nearly half their population died within a year. Hundreds of other Cherokee
Cherokee
committed suicide due to their losses and disfigurement from the disease.

After the Anglo- Cherokee
Cherokee
War, bitterness remained between the two groups. In 1765, Henry Timberlake
Henry Timberlake
took three of the former Cherokee adversaries to London
London
to help cement the newly declared friendship.

American colonist Henry Timberlake
Henry Timberlake
described the Cherokee
Cherokee
people as he saw them in 1761:

The Cherokees are of a middle stature, of an olive colour, tho' generally painted, and their skins stained with gun-powder, pricked into it in very pretty figures. The hair of their head is shaved, tho' many of the old people have it plucked out by the roots, except a patch on the hinder part of the head, about twice the bigness of a crown-piece, which is ornamented with beads, feathers, wampum, stained deers hair, and such like baubles. The ears are slit and stretched to an enormous size, putting the person who undergoes the operation to incredible pain, being unable to lie on either side for nearly forty days. To remedy this, they generally slit but one at a time; so soon as the patient can bear it, they wound round with wire to expand them, and are adorned with silver pendants and rings, which they likewise wear at the nose. This custom does not belong originally to the Cherokees, but taken by them from the Shawnese, or other northern nations.

They that can afford it wear a collar of wampum, which are beads cut out of clam-shells, a silver breast-plate, and bracelets on their arms and wrists of the same metal, a bit of cloth over their private parts, a shirt of the English make, a sort of cloth-boots, and mockasons (sic), which are shoes of a make peculiar to the Americans, ornamented with porcupine-quills; a large mantle or match-coat thrown over all complete their dress at home...[35]

From 1753 to 1755, battles broke out between the Cherokee
Cherokee
and Muscogee over disputed hunting grounds in North Georgia. The Cherokee
Cherokee
were victorious in the Battle of Taliwa. British soldiers built forts in Cherokee
Cherokee
country to defend against the French in the Seven Years' War, which was fought across Europe and was called the French and Indian War on the North American front. These included Fort Loudoun near Chota. In 1756 the Cherokee
Cherokee
were allies of the British in the French and Indian War. Serious misunderstandings arose quickly between the two allies, resulting in the 1760 Anglo- Cherokee
Cherokee
War.[36] King George III's Royal Proclamation of 1763
Royal Proclamation of 1763
forbade British settlements west of the Appalachian crest, as his government tried to afford some protection from colonial encroachment to the Cherokee
Cherokee
and other tribes. The Crown found the ruling difficult to enforce with colonists.[36] In 1771–1772, North Carolinian settlers squatted on Cherokee
Cherokee
lands in Tennessee, forming the Watauga Association.[37] Daniel Boone
Daniel Boone
and his party tried to settle in Kentucky, but the Shawnee, Delaware, Mingo, and some Cherokee
Cherokee
attacked a scouting and forage party that included Boone's son. The American Indians used this territory as a hunting ground by right of conquest; it had hardly been inhabited for years. The conflict in Kentucky
Kentucky
sparked the beginning of what was known as Dunmore's War
Dunmore's War
(1773–1774). In 1776, allied with the Shawnee
Shawnee
led by Cornstalk, Cherokee
Cherokee
attacked settlers in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina
North Carolina
in the Second Cherokee
Cherokee
War. Overhill Cherokee
Overhill Cherokee
Nancy Ward, Dragging Canoe's cousin, warned settlers of impending attacks. Provincial militias retaliated, destroying more than 50 Cherokee
Cherokee
towns. North Carolina militia in 1776 and 1780 invaded and destroyed the Overhill towns. In 1777, surviving Cherokee
Cherokee
town leaders signed treaties with the new states. Dragging Canoe and his band settled along Chickamauga Creek near present-day Chattanooga, Tennessee, where they established 11 new towns. Chickamauga Town was his headquarters and the colonists tended to call his entire band the Chickamauga to distinguish them from other Cherokee. From here he fought a guerrilla war against settlers, which lasted from 1776 to 1794. These are known informally as the Cherokee–American wars, but this is not an historians' term. The first Treaty of Tellico Blockhouse, signed November 7, 1794, finally brought peace between the Cherokee
Cherokee
and Americans, who had achieved independence from the British Crown. In 1805, the Cherokee
Cherokee
ceded their lands between the Cumberland and Duck rivers (i.e. the Cumberland Plateau) to Tennessee. Scots (and other Europeans) among the Cherokee
Cherokee
in the 18th century[edit] The traders and British government agents dealing with the southern tribes in general, and the Cherokee
Cherokee
in particular, were nearly all of Scottish ancestry, with many documented as being from the Highlands. A few were Scots-Irish, English, French, and German (see Scottish Indian trade). Many of these men married women from their host peoples and remained after the fighting had ended. Some had mixed-race children who would later become significant leaders among the Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast.[38] Notable traders, agents, and refugee Tories among the Cherokee included John Stuart, Henry Stuart, Alexander Cameron, John McDonald, John Joseph Vann
Joseph Vann
(father of James Vann), Daniel Ross (father of John Ross), John Walker Sr., John McLemore (father of Bob), William Buchanan, John Watts (father of John Watts Jr.), John D. Chisholm, John Benge (father of Bob Benge), Thomas Brown, John Rogers (Welsh), John Gunter (German, founder of Gunter's Landing), James Adair (Irish), William Thorpe (English), and Peter Hildebrand (German), among many others. Some attained the honorary status of minor chiefs and/or members of significant delegations. By contrast, a large portion of the settlers encroaching on the Native American territories were Scots-Irish, Irish from Ulster
Ulster
who were of Scottish descent and had been part of the English plantation of northern Ireland. They also tended to support the Revolution. But in the back country, there were also Scots-Irish who were Loyalists, such as Simon Girty. 19th century[edit] Acculturation[edit] The Cherokee
Cherokee
lands between the Tennessee
Tennessee
and Chattahoochee rivers were remote enough from white settlers to remain independent after the Cherokee–American wars. The deerskin trade was no longer feasible on their greatly reduced lands, and over the next several decades, the people of the fledgling Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
began to build a new society modeled on the white Southern United States.

Portrait of Major Ridge
Major Ridge
in 1834, from History of the Indian Tribes of North America.

George Washington
George Washington
sought to 'civilize' Southeastern American Indians, through programs overseen by the Indian Agent Benjamin Hawkins. He encouraged the Cherokee
Cherokee
to abandon their communal land-tenure and settle on individual farmsteads, which was facilitated by the destruction of many American Indian towns during the American Revolutionary War. The deerskin trade brought white-tailed deer to the brink of extinction, and as pigs and cattle were introduced, they became the principal sources of meat. The government supplied the tribes with spinning wheels and cotton-seed, and men were taught to fence and plow the land, in contrast to their traditional division in which crop cultivation was woman's labor. Americans instructed the women in weaving. Eventually Hawkins helped them set up smithys, gristmills and cotton plantations. The Cherokee
Cherokee
organized a national government under Principal Chiefs Little Turkey (1788–1801), Black Fox (1801–1811), and Pathkiller (1811–1827), all former warriors of Dragging Canoe. The 'Cherokee triumvirate' of James Vann and his protégés The Ridge and Charles R. Hicks advocated acculturation, formal education, and modern methods of farming. In 1801 they invited Moravian missionaries from North Carolina to teach Christianity
Christianity
and the 'arts of civilized life.' The Moravians and later Congregationalist
Congregationalist
missionaries ran boarding schools, and a select few students were educated at the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions school in Connecticut. In 1806 a Federal Road from Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
to Knoxville, Tennessee was built through Cherokee
Cherokee
land. Chief James Vann opened a tavern, inn and ferry across the Chattahoochee and built a cotton-plantation on a spur of the road from Athens, Georgia
Athens, Georgia
to Nashville. His son 'Rich Joe' Vann developed the plantation to 800 acres (3.2 km2), cultivated by 150 slaves. He exported cotton to England, and owned a steamboat on the Tennessee
Tennessee
River.[39] The Cherokee
Cherokee
allied with the U.S. against the nativist and pro-British Red Stick faction of the Upper Creek in the Creek War
Creek War
during the War of 1812. Cherokee
Cherokee
warriors led by Major Ridge
Major Ridge
played a major role in General Andrew Jackson's victory at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Major Ridge
Major Ridge
moved his family to Rome, Georgia, where he built a substantial house, developed a large plantation and ran a ferry on the Oostanaula River. Although he never learned English, he sent his son and nephews to New England to be educated in mission schools. His interpreter and protégé Chief John Ross, the descendant of several generations of Cherokee
Cherokee
women and Scots fur-traders, built a plantation and operated a trading firm and a ferry at Ross' Landing (Chattanooga, Tennessee). During this period, divisions arose between the acculturated elite and the great majority of Cherokee, who clung to traditional ways of life. Around 1809 Sequoyah
Sequoyah
began developing a written form of the Cherokee language. He spoke no English, but his experiences as a silversmith dealing regularly with white settlers, and as a warrior at Horseshoe Bend, convinced him the Cherokee
Cherokee
needed to develop writing. In 1821, he introduced Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabary, the first written syllabic form of an American Indian language outside of Central America. Initially his innovation was opposed by both Cherokee
Cherokee
traditionalists and white missionaries, who sought to encourage the use of English. When Sequoyah
Sequoyah
taught children to read and write with the syllabary, he reached the adults. By the 1820s, the Cherokee
Cherokee
had a higher rate of literacy than the whites around them in Georgia.

Cherokee
Cherokee
National Council building, New Echota

In 1819, the Cherokee
Cherokee
began holding council meetings at New Town, at the headwaters of the Oostanaula (near present-day Calhoun, Georgia). In November 1825, New Town became the capital of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, and was renamed New Echota, after the Overhill Cherokee
Overhill Cherokee
principal town of Chota.[40] Sequoyah's syllabary was adopted. They had developed a police force, a judicial system, and a National Committee. In 1827, the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
drafted a Constitution modeled on the United States, with executive, legislative and judicial branches and a system of checks and balances. The two-tiered legislature was led by Major Ridge
Major Ridge
and his son John Ridge. Convinced the tribe's survival required English-speaking leaders who could negotiate with the U.S., the legislature appointed John Ross as Principal Chief. A printing press was established at New Echota
New Echota
by the Vermont
Vermont
missionary Samuel Worcester and Major Ridge's nephew Elias Boudinot, who had taken the name of his white benefactor, a leader of the Continental Congress
Continental Congress
and New Jersey
New Jersey
Congressman. They translated the Bible into Cherokee syllabary. Boudinot published the first edition of the bilingual ' Cherokee
Cherokee
Phoenix,' the first American Indian newspaper, in February 1828.[41] Removal era[edit] See also: Thomas Jefferson and Indian Removal

Tah-Chee (Dutch), A Cherokee
Cherokee
Chief, 1837

Before the final removal to present-day Oklahoma, many Cherokees relocated to present-day Arkansas, Missouri
Missouri
and Texas.[42] Between 1775 and 1786 the Cherokee, along with people of other nations such as the Choctaw
Choctaw
and Chickasaw, began voluntarily settling along the Arkansas
Arkansas
and Red Rivers.[43] In 1802, the federal government promised to extinguish Indian titles to lands claimed by Georgia in return for Georgia's cession of the western lands that became Alabama
Alabama
and Mississippi. To convince the Cherokee
Cherokee
to move voluntarily in 1815, the US government established a Cherokee
Cherokee
Reservation in Arkansas.[44] The reservation boundaries extended from north of the Arkansas
Arkansas
River to the southern bank of the White River. Di'wali (The Bowl), Sequoyah, Spring Frog and Tatsi (Dutch) and their bands settled there. These Cherokees became known as "Old settlers." The Cherokee, eventually, migrated as far north as the Missouri Bootheel by 1816. They lived interspersed among the Delawares and Shawnees of that area.[45] The Cherokee
Cherokee
in Missouri
Missouri
Territory increased rapidly in population, from 1,000 to 6,000 over the next year (1816–1817), according to reports by Governor William Clark.[46] Increased conflicts with the Osage Nation
Osage Nation
led to the Battle of Claremore Mound
Mound
and the eventual establishment of Fort Smith between Cherokee
Cherokee
and Osage communities.[47] In the Treaty of St. Louis (1825), the Osage were made to "cede and relinquish to the United States, all their right, title, interest, and claim, to lands lying within the State of Missouri
Missouri
and Territory of Arkansas..." to make room for the Cherokee
Cherokee
and the Mashcoux, Muscogee
Muscogee
Creeks.[48] As late as the winter of 1838, Cherokee
Cherokee
and Creek living in the Missouri
Missouri
and Arkansas
Arkansas
areas petitioned the War Department to remove the Osage from the area.[49] A group of Cherokee
Cherokee
traditionalists led by Di'wali moved to Spanish Texas in 1819. Settling near Nacogdoches, they were welcomed by Mexican authorities as potential allies against Anglo-American colonists. The Texas Cherokees were mostly neutral during the Texas War of Independence. In 1836, they signed a treaty with Texas President Sam Houston, an adopted member of the Cherokee
Cherokee
tribe. His successor Mirabeau Lamar
Mirabeau Lamar
sent militia to evict them in 1839. Trail of Tears[edit] Main articles: Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears
and Cherokee
Cherokee
Removal

Chief John Ross, ca. 1840

During the first decades of the 19th century, Georgia focused on removing the Cherokee's neighbors, the Lower Creek. The Georgia Governor George Troup
George Troup
and his cousin William McIntosh, chief of the Lower Creek, signed the Treaty of Indian Springs (1825), ceding the last Muscogee
Muscogee
(Creek) lands claimed by Georgia. The state's northwestern border reached the Chattahoochee, the border of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. In 1829, gold was discovered at Dahlonega, on Cherokee
Cherokee
land claimed by Georgia. The Georgia Gold Rush
Georgia Gold Rush
was the first in U.S. history, and state officials demanded that the federal government expel the Cherokee. When Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
was inaugurated as President in 1829, Georgia gained a strong ally in Washington. In 1830 Congress passed the Indian Removal
Indian Removal
Act, authorizing the forcible relocation of American Indians east of the Mississippi
Mississippi
to a new Indian Territory. Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
said the removal policy was an effort to prevent the Cherokee
Cherokee
from facing extinction as a people, which he considered the fate that "the Mohegan, the Narragansett, and the Delaware" had suffered.[50] But, there is ample evidence that the Cherokee
Cherokee
were adapting modern farming techniques. A modern analysis shows that the area was in general in a state of economic surplus and could have accommodated both the Cherokee
Cherokee
and new settlers.[51] The Cherokee
Cherokee
brought their grievances to a US judicial review that set a precedent in Indian Country. John Ross traveled to Washington, D.C., and won support from National Republican Party leaders Henry Clay
Henry Clay
and Daniel Webster. Samuel Worcester
Samuel Worcester
campaigned on behalf of the Cherokee in New England, where their cause was taken up by Ralph Waldo Emerson (see Emerson's 1838 letter to Martin Van Buren). In June 1830, a delegation led by Chief Ross defended Cherokee
Cherokee
rights before the U.S. Supreme Court in Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
v. Georgia. In 1831 Georgia militia arrested Samuel Worcester
Samuel Worcester
for residing on Indian lands without a state permit, imprisoning him in Milledgeville. In Worcester v. Georgia
Worcester v. Georgia
(1832), the US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall
John Marshall
ruled that American Indian nations were "distinct, independent political communities retaining their original natural rights," and entitled to federal protection from the actions of state governments that infringed on their sovereignty.[52] Worcester v. Georgia is considered one of the most important dicta in law dealing with Native Americans. Jackson ignored the Supreme Court's ruling, as he needed to conciliate Southern sectionalism during the era of the Nullification Crisis. His landslide reelection in 1832 emboldened calls for Cherokee
Cherokee
removal. Georgia sold Cherokee
Cherokee
lands to its citizens in a Land Lottery, and the state militia occupied New Echota. The Cherokee
Cherokee
National Council, led by John Ross, fled to Red Clay, a remote valley north of Georgia's land claim. Ross had the support of Cherokee
Cherokee
traditionalists, who could not imagine removal from their ancestral lands.

Cherokee
Cherokee
beadwork sampler, made at Dwight Mission, Indian Territory, 19th century, collection of the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
History Center.

A small group known as the "Ridge Party" or the "Treaty Party" saw relocation as inevitable and believed the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
needed to make the best deal to preserve their rights in Indian Territory. Led by Major Ridge, John Ridge
John Ridge
and Elias Boudinot, they represented the Cherokee
Cherokee
elite, whose homes, plantations and businesses were confiscated, or under threat of being taken by white squatters with Georgia land-titles. With capital to acquire new lands, they were more inclined to accept relocation. On December 29, 1835, the "Ridge Party" signed the Treaty of New Echota, stipulating terms and conditions for the removal of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. In return for their lands, the Cherokee
Cherokee
were promised a large tract in the Indian Territory, $5 million, and $300,000 for improvements on their new lands.[53] John Ross gathered over 15,000 signatures for a petition to the U.S. Senate, insisting that the treaty was invalid because it did not have the support of the majority of the Cherokee
Cherokee
people. The Senate passed the Treaty of New Echota
New Echota
by a one-vote margin. It was enacted into law in May 1836.[54] Two years later President Martin Van Buren
Martin Van Buren
ordered 7,000 Federal troops and state militia under General Winfield Scott
Winfield Scott
into Cherokee lands to evict the tribe. Over 16,000 Cherokee
Cherokee
were forcibly relocated westward to Indian Territory
Indian Territory
in 1838–1839, a migration known as the Trail of Tears
Trail of Tears
or in Cherokee
Cherokee
ᏅᎾ ᏓᎤᎳ ᏨᏱ or Nvna Daula Tsvyi (The Trail Where They Cried), although it is described by another word Tlo-va-sa (The Removal). Marched over 800 miles (1,300 km) across Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri
Missouri
and Arkansas, the people suffered from disease, exposure and starvation, and as many as 4,000 died.[55] As some Cherokees were slaveholders, they took enslaved African Americans with them west of the Mississippi. Intermarried European Americans and missionaries also walked the Trail of Tears. Ross preserved a vestige of independence by negotiating permission for the Cherokee
Cherokee
to conduct their own removal under U.S. supervision.[56] In keeping with the tribe's "blood law" that prescribed the death penalty for Cherokee
Cherokee
who sold lands, Ross's son arranged the murder of the leaders of the "Treaty Party". On June 22, 1839, a party of twenty-five Ross supporters assassinated Major Ridge, John Ridge
John Ridge
and Elias Boudinot. The party included Daniel Colston, John Vann, Archibald, James and Joseph Spear. Boudinot's brother Stand Watie fought and survived that day, escaping to Arkansas. In 1827, Sequoyah
Sequoyah
had led a delegation of Old Settlers to Washington, D.C. to negotiate for the exchange of Arkansas
Arkansas
land for land in Indian Territory. After the Trail of Tears, he helped mediate divisions between the Old Settlers and the rival factions of the more recent arrivals. In 1839, as President of the Western Cherokee, Sequoyah signed an Act of Union with John Ross that reunited the two groups of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. Eastern Band[edit]

Cól-lee, a Band Chief, painted by George Catlin, 1834

The Oconaluftee Cherokee
Cherokee
of the Great Smoky Mountains
Great Smoky Mountains
were the most conservative and isolated from European-American settlements. They rejected the reforms of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. When the Cherokee government ceded all territory east of the Little Tennessee
Tennessee
River to North Carolina
North Carolina
in 1819, they withdrew from the Nation.[57] William Holland Thomas, a white store owner and state legislator from Jackson County, North Carolina, helped over 600 Cherokee
Cherokee
from Qualla Town obtain North Carolina
North Carolina
citizenship, which exempted them from forced removal. Over 400 Cherokee
Cherokee
either hid from Federal troops in the remote Snowbird Mountains, under the leadership of Tsali
Tsali
(ᏣᎵ),[58] or belonged to the former Valley Towns area around the Cheoah River who negotiated with the state government to stay in North Carolina. An additional 400 Cherokee
Cherokee
stayed on reserves in Southeast Tennessee, North Georgia, and Northeast Alabama, as citizens of their respective states. They were mostly mixed-race and Cherokee
Cherokee
women married to white men. Together, these groups were the ancestors of the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians, and some of the state-recognized tribes in surrounding states. Civil War[edit]

Cherokee
Cherokee
confederates reunion in New Orleans, 1903.

Further information: Cherokee in the American Civil War
Cherokee in the American Civil War
and Native Americans in the Civil War The American Civil War
American Civil War
was devastating for both East and Western Cherokee. The Eastern Band, aided by William Thomas, became the Thomas Legion of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians and Highlanders, fighting for the Confederacy in the American Civil War.[59] Cherokee
Cherokee
in Indian Territory divided into Union and Confederate factions, with most supporting the Confederacy. Stand Watie, the leader of the Ridge Party, raised a regiment for Confederate service in 1861. John Ross, who had reluctantly agreed to ally with the Confederacy, was captured by Federal troops in 1862. He lived in self-imposed exile in Philadelphia, supporting the Union. In Indian Territory, the national council of those who supported the Union voted to abolish slavery in the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
in 1863, but they were not the majority slaveholders and the vote had little effect on those supporting the Confederacy. Watie was elected Principal Chief of the pro-Confederacy majority. A master of hit-and-run cavalry tactics, Watie fought those Cherokee loyal to John Ross and Federal troops in Indian Territory
Indian Territory
and Arkansas, capturing Union supply trains and steamboats, and saving a Confederate army by covering their retreat after the Battle of Pea Ridge in March 1862. He became a Brigadier General of the Confederate States; the only other American Indian to hold the rank in the American Civil War
American Civil War
was Ely S. Parker
Ely S. Parker
with the Union Army. On June 25, 1865, two months after Robert E. Lee
Robert E. Lee
surrendered at Appomattox, Stand Watie became the last Confederate General to stand down. Reconstruction and late 19th century[edit]

William Penn (Cherokee), His Shield (Yanktonai), Levi Big Eagle (Yanktonai), Bear Ghost (Yanktonai) and Black Moustache (Sisseton).

After the Civil War, the US government required the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
to sign a new treaty, because of its alliance with the Confederacy. The US required the 1866 Treaty to provide for the emancipation of all Cherokee
Cherokee
slaves, and full citizenship to all Cherokee
Cherokee
freedmen and all African Americans who chose to continue to reside within tribal lands, so that they "shall have all the rights of native Cherokees."[60] Both before and after the Civil War, some Cherokee
Cherokee
intermarried or had relationships with African Americans, just as they had with whites. Many Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen
Freedmen
have been active politically within the tribe. The US government also acquired easement rights to the western part of the territory, which became the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Territory, for the construction of railroads. Development and settlers followed the railroads. By the late 19th century, the government believed that Native Americans would be better off if each family owned its own land. The Dawes Act
Dawes Act
of 1887 provided for the breakup of commonly held tribal land into individual household allotments. Native Americans were registered on the Dawes Rolls and allotted land from the common reserve. The US government counted the remainder of tribal land as "surplus" and sold it to non- Cherokee
Cherokee
individuals. The Curtis Act of 1898
Curtis Act of 1898
dismantled tribal governments, courts, schools, and other civic institutions. For Indian Territory, this meant abolition of the Cherokee
Cherokee
courts and governmental systems. This was seen as necessary before the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and Indian territories could be admitted as a combined state. In 1905, the Five Civilized Tribes
Five Civilized Tribes
of the Indian Territory
Indian Territory
proposed the creation of the State of Sequoyah
Sequoyah
as one to be exclusively Native American, but failed to gain support in Washington, D.C.. In 1907, the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and Indian Territories entered the union as the state of Oklahoma.

Map of present-day Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Tribal Jurisdiction Area (dark blue)

By the late 19th century, the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
were laboring under the constraints of a segregated society. In the aftermath of Reconstruction, conservative white Democrats regained power in North Carolina and other southern states. They proceeded to effectively disenfranchise all blacks and many poor whites by new constitutions and laws related to voter registration and elections. They passed Jim Crow laws that divided society into "white" and "colored", mostly to control freedmen. Cherokee
Cherokee
and other Native Americans were classified on the colored side and suffered the same racial segregation and disenfranchisement as former slaves. They also often lost their historical documentation for identification as Indians, when the Southern states classified them as colored. Blacks and Native Americans would not have their constitutional rights as US citizens enforced until after the Civil Rights Movement
Civil Rights Movement
secured passage of civil rights legislation in the mid-1960s, and the federal government began to monitor voter registration and elections, as well as other programs. Culture[edit] Cultural institutions[edit] The Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc., of Cherokee, North Carolina is the oldest continuing Native American art co-operative. They were founded in 1946 to provide a venue for traditional Eastern Band Cherokee
Cherokee
artists.[61] The Museum of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian, also in Cherokee, displays permanent and changing exhibits, houses archives and collections important to Cherokee
Cherokee
history, and sponsors cultural groups, such as the Warriors of the AniKituhwa dance group.[62] In 2007, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
entered into a partnership with Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University to create the Oconaluftee Institute for Cultural Arts (OICA), to emphasize native art and culture in traditional fine arts education, thus preserving traditional art forms and encouraging exploration of contemporary ideas. Located in Cherokee, OICA offered an associate's degree program.[63] In August 2010, OICA acquired a letterpress and had the Cherokee syllabary
Cherokee syllabary
recast to begin printing one-of-a-kind fine art books and prints in the Cherokee
Cherokee
language.[64] In 2012, the Fine Art degree program at OICA was incorporated into Southwestern Community College and moved to the SCC Swain Center, where it continues to operate.[65] The Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Center, of Park Hill, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
hosts a reproduction of an ancient Cherokee
Cherokee
Village, Adams Rural Village (including 19th-century buildings), Nofire Farms, and the Cherokee Family Research Center for genealogy.[66] The Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Center also houses the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Archives. Both the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation (of Oklahoma) and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, as well as other tribes, contribute funding to the CHC. Marriage[edit] Before the 19th century, polygamy was common among the Cherokee, especially by elite men.[67] The matrilineal culture meant that women controlled property, such as their dwellings, and their children were considered born into their mother's clan, where they gained hereditary status. Advancement to leadership positions was generally subject to approval by the women elders. In addition, the society was matrifocal; customarily, a married couple lived with or near the woman's family, so she could be aided by her female relatives. Her oldest brother was a more important mentor to her sons than was their father, who belonged to another clan. Traditionally, couples, particularly women, can divorce freely.[68] It was unusual for a Cherokee
Cherokee
man to marry a European-American woman. The children of such a union were disadvantaged, as they would not belong to the nation. They would be born outside the clans and traditionally were not considered Cherokee
Cherokee
citizens. This is because of the matrilineal aspect of Cherokee
Cherokee
culture.[67] As the Cherokee began to adopt some elements of European-American culture in the early 19th century, they sent elite young men, such as John Ridge
John Ridge
and Elias Boudinot to American schools for education. After Ridge had married a European-American woman from Connecticut
Connecticut
and Boudinot was engaged to another, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Council in 1825 passed a law making children of such unions full citizens of the tribe, as if their mothers were Cherokee. This was a way to protect the families of men expected to be leaders of the tribe.[69] In the late nineteenth century, the US government put new restrictions on marriage between a Cherokee
Cherokee
and non-Cherokee, although it was still relatively common. A European-American man could legally marry a Cherokee
Cherokee
woman by petitioning the federal court, after gaining approval of ten of her blood relatives. Once married, the man had status as an "Intermarried White," a member of the Cherokee
Cherokee
tribe with restricted rights; for instance, he could not hold any tribal office. He remained a citizen of and under the laws of the United States. Common law marriages were more popular. Such "Intermarried Whites" were listed in a separate category on the registers of the Dawes Rolls, prepared for allotment of plots of land to individual households of members of the tribe, in the early twentieth-century federal policy for assimilation of the Native Americans. Ethnobotany[edit] See Cherokee
Cherokee
ethnobotany Language and writing system[edit] Further information: Cherokee language
Cherokee language
and Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabary

Sequoyah, the inventor of the Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabary

The Cherokee
Cherokee
speak a Southern Iroquoian language, which is polysynthetic and is written in a syllabary invented by Sequoyah (ᏍᏏᏉᏯ).[70] For years, many people wrote transliterated Cherokee
Cherokee
or used poorly intercompatible fonts to type out the syllabary. However, since the fairly recent addition of the Cherokee syllables to Unicode, the Cherokee language
Cherokee language
is experiencing a renaissance in its use on the Internet. Because of the polysynthetic nature of the Cherokee
Cherokee
language, new and descriptive words in Cherokee
Cherokee
are easily constructed to reflect or express modern concepts. Examples include ditiyohihi (ᏗᏘᏲᎯᎯ), which means "he argues repeatedly and on purpose with a purpose," meaning "attorney." Another example is didaniyisgi (ᏗᏓᏂᏱᏍᎩ) which means "the final catcher" or "he catches them finally and conclusively," meaning "policeman." Many words, however, have been borrowed from the English language, such as gasoline, which in Cherokee
Cherokee
is ga-so-li-ne (ᎦᏐᎵᏁ). Many other words were borrowed from the languages of tribes who settled in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
in the early 20th century. One example relates to a town in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
named "Nowata". The word nowata is a Delaware Indian word for "welcome" (more precisely the Delaware word is nu-wi-ta which can mean "welcome" or "friend" in the Delaware Language). The white settlers of the area used the name "nowata" for the township, and local Cherokees, being unaware the word had its origins in the Delaware Language, called the town Amadikanigvnagvna (ᎠᎹᏗᎧᏂᎬᎾᎬᎾ) which means "the water is all gone from here", i.e. "no water". Other examples of borrowed words are kawi (ᎧᏫ) for coffee and watsi (ᏩᏥ) for watch (which led to utana watsi (ᎤᏔᎾ ᏩᏥ) or "big watch" for clock). The following table is an example of Cherokee
Cherokee
text and its translation:

ᏣᎳᎩ: ᏂᎦᏓ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏂᎨᎫᏓᎸᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏠᏱ ᎤᎾᏕᎿ ᏚᏳᎧᏛ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎨᏥᏁᎳ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏖᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏃᏟᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏌᏊ ᎨᏒ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᏗ ᎠᎾᏟᏅᏢ ᎠᏓᏅᏙ ᎬᏗ.[71]

Tsalagi: Nigada aniyvwi nigeguda'lvna ale unihloyi unadehna duyukdv gesv'i. Gejinela unadanvtehdi ale unohlisdi ale sagwu gesv junilvwisdanedi anahldinvdlv adanvdo gvhdi.[71]

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)[71]

Treaties and government[edit] Treaties[edit] See also: Historic treaties of the Cherokee The Cherokee
Cherokee
have participated in at least thirty-six treaties in the past three hundred years. Government[edit]

1794 Establishment of the Cherokee
Cherokee
National Council and officers over the whole nation

1808 Establishment of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Lighthorse Guard, a national police force

1809 Establishment of the National Committee

1810 End of separate regional councils and abolition of blood vengeance

1820 Establishment of courts in eight districts to handle civil disputes

1822 Cherokee
Cherokee
Supreme Court established

1823 National Committee given power to review acts of the National Council

1827 Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
East

1828 Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
West

1832 Suspension of elections in the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
East

1839 Constitution of the reunited Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation

1868 Constitution of the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians

1888 Charter of Incorporation issued by the State of North Carolina
North Carolina
to the Eastern Band

1950 Constitution and federal charter of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians

1975 Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
of Oklahoma

1999 Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
drafted[72]

After being ravaged by smallpox, and feeling pressure from European settlers, the Cherokee
Cherokee
adopted a European-American Representative democracy form of government in an effort to retain their lands. They established a governmental system modeled on that of the United States, with an elected principal chief, senate, and house of representatives. On April 10, 1810 the seven Cherokee clans
Cherokee clans
met and began the abolition of blood vengeance by giving the sacred duty to the new Cherokee
Cherokee
National government. Clans formally relinquished judicial responsibilities by the 1820s when the Cherokee
Cherokee
Supreme Court was established. In 1825, the National Council extended citizenship to the children of Cherokee
Cherokee
men married to white women. These ideas were largely incorporated into the 1827 Cherokee
Cherokee
constitution.[73] The constitution stated that "No person who is of negro or mulatto [sic] parentage, either by the father or mother side, shall be eligible to hold any office of profit, honor or trust under this Government," with an exception for, "negroes and descendants of white and Indian men by negro women who may have been set free."[74] This definition to limit rights of multiracial descendants may have been more widely held among the elite than the general population.[75] Modern Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes[edit] Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation[edit]

Flag of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation

Main article: Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation

Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Historic Courthouse in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

The Cherokee Female Seminary
Cherokee Female Seminary
was built in 1889 by the Oklahoma Cherokees.

During 1898–1906 the federal government dissolved the former Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, to make way for the incorporation of Indian Territory into the new state of Oklahoma. From 1906 to 1975, structure and function of the tribal government were not clearly defined. In 1975 the tribe drafted a constitution, which they ratified on June 26, 1976,[76] and the tribe received federal recognition. In 1999, the CN changed or added several provisions to its constitution, among them the designation of the tribe to be " Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation," dropping "of Oklahoma." According to a statement by BIA head Larry Echohawk the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
is not the historical Cherokee
Cherokee
tribe but instead a "successor in interest." The attorney of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
has stated that they intend to appeal this decision.[77] The modern Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, in recent times, has experienced an almost unprecedented expansion in economic growth, equality, and prosperity for its citizens. The Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, under the leadership of Principal Chief Bill John Baker, has significant business, corporate, real estate, and agricultural interests. The CN controls Cherokee Nation Entertainment, Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Industries, and Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation Businesses. CNI is a very large defense contractor that creates thousands of jobs in eastern Oklahoma
Oklahoma
for Cherokee
Cherokee
citizens. The CN has constructed health clinics throughout Oklahoma, contributed to community development programs, built roads and bridges, constructed learning facilities and universities for its citizens, instilled the practice of Gadugi
Gadugi
and self-reliance in its citizens, revitalized language immersion programs for its children and youth, and is a powerful and positive economic and political force in Eastern Oklahoma. The CN hosts the Cherokee National Holiday
Cherokee National Holiday
on Labor Day weekend each year, and 80,000 to 90,000 Cherokee
Cherokee
Citizens travel to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, for the festivities. It publishes the Cherokee
Cherokee
Phoenix, the tribal newspaper, published in both English and the Sequoyah syllabary. The Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
council appropriates money for historic foundations concerned with the preservation of Cherokee
Cherokee
Culture. The Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
supports the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Film Festivals in Tahlequah, Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and participates in the Sundance Film Festival
Sundance Film Festival
in Park City, Utah. Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians[edit]

Flag of the Eastern Band Cherokee

Main article: Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians The Eastern Band of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians in North Carolina, led by Chief Richard Sneed, hosts over a million visitors a year to cultural attractions of the 100-square-mile (260 km2) sovereign nation. The reservation, the "Qualla Boundary", has a population of over 8,000 Cherokee, primarily direct descendants of Indians who managed to avoid "The Trail of Tears". Attractions include the Oconaluftee Indian Village, Museum of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian, and the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual. Founded in 1946, the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual is country's oldest and foremost Native American crafts cooperative.[78] The outdoor drama Unto These Hills, which debuted in 1950, recently broke record attendance sales. Together with Harrah's Cherokee
Cherokee
Casino and Hotel, Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian Hospital and Cherokee
Cherokee
Boys Club, the tribe generated $78 million dollars in the local economy in 2005. United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians[edit]

Flag of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians

Main article: United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
formed their government under the Indian Reorganization Act
Indian Reorganization Act
of 1934 and gained federal recognition in 1946. Enrollment into the tribe is limited to people with a quarter or more of Cherokee
Cherokee
blood. Many members of the UKB are descended from Old Settlers – Cherokees who moved to Arkansas
Arkansas
and Indian Territory
Indian Territory
before the Trail of Tears.[79] Of the 12,000 people enrolled in the tribe, 11,000 live in Oklahoma. Their chief is Joe Bunch. The UKB operate a tribal casino, bingo hall, smokeshop, fuel outlets, truck stop, and gallery that showcases art and crafts made by tribal members. The tribe issues their own tribal vehicle tags.[80] Relations among the three federally recognized Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes[edit] The Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
participates in numerous joint programs with the Eastern Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians. It also participates in cultural exchange programs and joint Tribal Council meetings involving councilors from both Cherokee
Cherokee
Tribes. These are held to address issues affecting all of the Cherokee
Cherokee
People. The administrations of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Indians and the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
have a somewhat adversarial relationship. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
interacts with the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
in a unified spirit of Gadugi.[citation needed] The United Keetoowah Band tribal council unanimously passed a resolution to approach the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
for a joint council meeting between the two Nations, as a means of "offering the olive branch", in the words of the UKB Council. While a date was set for the meeting between members of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Council and UKB representative, Former Chief of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Chad Smith vetoed the meeting.[citation needed] Contemporary settlement[edit] Cherokees are most concentrated in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and North Carolina, but some reside in the US West Coast, due to economic migrations caused by the Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
during the Great Depression, job availability during the Second World War, and the Federal Indian Relocation program during the 1950s–1960s. Cherokees constitute over 2% of population of three largely rural communities in California–Covelo, Hayfork and San Miguel, one town in Oregon
Oregon
and one town in Arizona.[citation needed] Destinations for Cherokee
Cherokee
diaspora included multi-ethnic/racial urban centers of California (i.e. the Greater Los Angeles and SF Bay areas), and they usually live in farming communities, by military bases and other Indian reservations.[81] Membership controversies[edit] Tribal recognition and membership[edit] Main article: Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Groups The three Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes have differing requirements for enrollment. The Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
determines enrollment by lineal descent from Cherokees listed on the Dawes Rolls and has no minimum blood quantum requirement.[82] Currently, descendents of the Dawes Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedman rolls are members of the tribe, pending court decisions. The Cherokee Nation includes numerous members who have African-American, Latino American, Asian American, European-American, and other ancestry. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
requires a minimum one-sixteenth Cherokee
Cherokee
blood quantum (genealogical descent, equivalent to one great-great-grandparent) and an ancestor on the Baker Roll. The United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians requires a minimum one-quarter Keetoowah Cherokee
Cherokee
blood quantum (equivalent to one grandparent), and the UKB does not allow members that have relinquished their membership to re-enroll in the UKB.[83] In 2000 the U.S. census reported 875,276 people self-identified as Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian;[84] however, only 316,049 people were enrolled in the federally recognized Cherokee
Cherokee
tribes. Over 200 groups claim to be Cherokee
Cherokee
nations, tribes, or bands.[85] Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
spokesman Mike Miller has suggested that some groups, which he calls Cherokee
Cherokee
Heritage Groups, are encouraged.[86] Others, however, are controversial for their attempts to gain economically through their claims to be Cherokee. The three federally recognized groups assert themselves as the only groups having the legal right to present themselves as Cherokee
Cherokee
Indian Tribes and only their enrolled members as Cherokee.[87] One exception to this may be the Texas Cherokees. Before 1975, they were considered a part of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, as reflected in briefs filed before the Indian Claims Commission. At one time W.W. Keeler served not only as Principal Chief of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation, but at the same time held the position as Chairman of the Texas Cherokee
Cherokee
and Associated Bands (TCAB) Executive Committee. Following the adoption of the Cherokee
Cherokee
constitution in 1976, TCAB descendants whose ancestors had remained a part of the physical Mount Tabor Community in Rusk County, Texas
Rusk County, Texas
were excluded from citizenship. Their ancestors did not appear on the Final Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes, registered under the Dawes Commission. However, most if not all TCAB descendants did have an ancestor listed on either the Guion-Miller or Old settler rolls. While most Mount Tabor residents returned to the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation following the death of John Ross in 1866, today there is a sizable group that is well documented but outside that body. It is not actively seeking a status clarification. They do have treaty rights going back to the Treaty of Bird's Fort. From the end of the Civil War until 1975, they were associated with the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. The TCAB formed as a political organization in 1871 led by William Penn Adair and Clement Neely Vann. Descendants of the Texas Cherokees and the Mount Tabor Community joined together to try to gain redress from treaty violations, stemming from the Treaty of Bowles Village in 1836. Today, most Mount Tabor descendants are in fact members of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation. Only some 800 are stuck in limbo without status as Cherokees. Many of them still reside in Rusk and Smith counties of east Texas. Other remnant populations continue to exist throughout the Southeast United States
United States
and individually in the states surrounding Oklahoma. Many of these people trace descent from persons enumerated on official rolls such as the Guion-Miller, Drennan, Mullay and Henderson Rolls, among others. Other descendants trace their heritage through the treaties of 1817 and 1819 with the federal government which gave individual allotments to Cherokees. State recognized Tribes require varying levels of genealogical proof that applicants are of Cherokee descent. Current enrollment guidelines of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
have been approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Such facts were pointed out by Cherokee
Cherokee
citizens of CN during the Constitutional Convention held to ratify a new governing document. The document that was eventually ratified by a small portion of the electorate. However, the tribe does not have the power to change its membership procedures and maintain federal recognition. Any changes to the tribe's enrollment procedures must be approved by the Department of Interior. Under 25 CFR 83 the Office of Federal Acknowledgment is required to first apply its own anthropological, genealogical, and historical research methods to any request for change by the tribe. It then forwards its recommendations to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs for consideration.[88] Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen[edit] Main article: Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen
Freedmen
Controversy The Cherokee
Cherokee
freedmen, descendants of African American slaves owned by citizens of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
during the Antebellum Period, were first guaranteed Cherokee
Cherokee
citizenship under a treaty with the United States in 1866. This was in the wake of the American Civil War, when the US emancipated slaves and passed US constitutional amendments granting freedmen citizenship in the United States. In 1988, the federal court in the Freedmen
Freedmen
case of Nero v. Cherokee Nation held that Cherokees could decide citizenship requirements and exclude freedmen. On March 7, 2006, the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Judicial Appeal Tribunal ruled that the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen
Freedmen
were eligible for Cherokee
Cherokee
citizenship. This ruling proved controversial; while the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedman had historically been recorded as "citizens" of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
at least since 1866 and the later Dawes Commission Land Rolls, the ruling "did not limit membership to people possessing Cherokee
Cherokee
blood".[89] This ruling was consistent with the 1975 Constitution of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
of Oklahoma, in its acceptance of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen
Freedmen
on the basis of historical citizenship, rather than documented blood relation. On March 3, 2007 a constitutional amendment was passed by a Cherokee vote limiting citizenship to Cherokees on the Dawes Rolls for those listed as Cherokee
Cherokee
by blood on the Dawes roll, which did not include partial Cherokee
Cherokee
descendants of slaves, Shawnee
Shawnee
and Delaware.[90] The Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen
Freedmen
had 90 days to appeal this amendment vote which disenfranchised them from Cherokee
Cherokee
citizenship and file appeal within the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Tribal Council, which is currently pending in Nash, et al. v. Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Registrar. On May 14, 2007, the Cherokee
Cherokee
Freedmen
Freedmen
were reinstated as citizens of the Cherokee
Cherokee
Nation by the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
Tribal Courts through a temporary order and temporary injunction until the court reached its final decision.[91] On January 14, 2011, the tribal district court ruled that the 2007 constitutional amendment was invalid because it conflicted with the 1866 treaty guaranteeing the Freedmen's rights.[92] Notable historical Cherokee[edit] This includes only Cherokee
Cherokee
documented in history. Contemporary notable Cherokee
Cherokee
people are listed in the articles for the appropriate tribe. For self-identified people of Cherokee
Cherokee
heritage, see List of Self-identified people of Cherokee
Cherokee
ancestry.

William Penn Adair
William Penn Adair
(1830–1880), Cherokee
Cherokee
senator and diplomat, Confederate colonel, Chief of the Texas Cherokees and Associate Bands. Attakullakulla (ca. 1708 – ca. 1777), diplomat to Britain, headman of Chota, chief Bob Benge
Bob Benge
(ca. 1762–1794), warrior of the Lower Cherokee
Cherokee
during the Cherokee–American wars Elias Boudinot, Galagina (1802–1839), statesman, orator, and editor, founded first Cherokee
Cherokee
newspaper, Cherokee
Cherokee
Phoenix Ned Christie
Ned Christie
(1852–1892), statesman, Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation
senator, infamous outlaw[93] Admiral Joseph J. Clark
Joseph J. Clark
(1893–1971), United States
United States
Navy, highest ranking Native American in the US military, awarded the Navy Cross. Doublehead, Taltsuska (d. 1807), a war leader during the Cherokee–American wars, led the Lower Cherokee, signed land deals with US Dragging Canoe, Tsiyugunsini (1738–1792), general of the militant Cherokee
Cherokee
during the Cherokee–American wars, principal chief of the Chickamauga (or Lower Cherokee) Franklin Gritts, Cherokee
Cherokee
artist taught at Haskell Institute and served on the USS Franklin Charles R. Hicks (d. 1827), veteran of the Red Stick War, Second Principal Chief to Pathkiller
Pathkiller
in early 17th century, de facto Principal Chief from 1813 to 1827 Junaluska
Junaluska
(ca. 1775–1868), veteran of the Creek War, who saved President Andrew Jackson's life Oconostota, Aganstata (Beloved Man) (ca. 1710–1783), war chief during the Anglo- Cherokee
Cherokee
War, Ostenaco, Ustanakwa (ca. 1703–1780), war chief, diplomat to Britain, founded the town of Ultiwa Major Ridge
Major Ridge
Ganundalegi or Pathkiller
Pathkiller
(ca.1771–1839), veteran of the Cherokee–American wars
Cherokee–American wars
and the Red Stick War, signer of the Treaty of New Echota John Ridge, Skatlelohski (1792–1839), son of Major Ridge, statesman, New Echota
New Echota
Treaty signer John Rollin Ridge, Cheesquatalawny, or Yellow Bird (1827–1867), grandson of Major Ridge, first Native American novelist R. Lynn Riggs
R. Lynn Riggs
(1899–1954), author, poet, and playwright; his play Green Grow the Lilacs was the basis of the Broadway hit Oklahoma! Clement V. Rogers (1839–1911), US Senator, judge, cattleman, member of the Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Constitutional Convention Will Rogers
Will Rogers
(1879–1935), entertainer, roper, journalist, and author[94] John Ross, Guwisguwi (1790–1866), veteran of the Red Stick War, Principal Chief in the east, during Removal, and in the west Sequoyah
Sequoyah
(ca. 1767–1843), inventor of the Cherokee
Cherokee
syllabary[95] Nimrod Jarrett Smith, Tsaladihi (1837–1893), Principal Chief of the Eastern Band, Civil War veteran Redbird Smith
Redbird Smith
(1850–1918), traditionalist, political activist, and chief of the Nighthawk Keetoowah Society William Holland Thomas
William Holland Thomas
(1805–1893), non-Native but adopted into tribe, founding Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, commanding officer of Thomas Legion of Cherokee
Cherokee
Indians and Highlanders Tom Threepersons (1889—1969), Cherokee
Cherokee
lawman from Vinita, Indian Territory James Vann (ca. 1765–1809), Scottish-Cherokee, highly successful businessman and veteran of the Cherokee–American wars Nancy Ward, Nanye'hi (Beloved Woman) (ca. 1736–1822/4), diplomat Stand Watie, Degataga (1806–1871), signer of the Treaty of New Echota, last Confederate General to cease hostilities in the American Civil War as commanding officer of the First Indian Brigade of the Army of Trans-Mississippi John Martin Thompson
John Martin Thompson
(1829-1907), Lumberman, Confederate Major, Chairman of the Texas Cherokees and Associate Bands after the death of William Penn Adair, Mount Tabor Indian Community leader

See also[edit]

Book: The Cherokee

Indigenous peoples of North America portal

Moon-eyed people Black drink Black Indians in the United States Booger Dance One-drop rule

Notes[edit]

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Mississippi
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