The Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama consists of over 3,000 members residing in the United States, Canada, Japan and Africa.
TRIBAL OFFICERS ARE:
PRINCIPAL CHIEF, STAN LONG
FIRST VICE CHIEF, MARY SLATON
SECOND VICE CHIEF, RITA SKELTON
TRIBAL COMMISSIONER, STAN LONG
The Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama is one of nine tribes recognized by the State of Alabama with representation on the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission.
The tribal Council is made of seven Council Representatives and a Secretary/ Treasurer. The council meets every three months and all members are welcome to attend.
We have a Circle of Elders as well as a Warrior Society.
Our tribe has a rich and exciting history. Originally, our tribe was incorporated on December 11, 1980 with Dr. Lindy Martin serving as Principal Chief. At that time the tribe was known as the Cherokees of Jackson County. Over the years, as the tribal membership grew, the name was changed to Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama.
Our tribe supports and hosts two American Indian Festivals each year in Grant, Alabama. These festivals are held on the third weekend of May and the second weekend of September and are open to the public and all Native Americans.
Elections are held every three years for all tribal offices.
The Chief of our Warrior Society, Butch “Sky Warrior” Steakley, was appointed by past Chief Jim Pell, and serves at the discretion of the Principal Chief. Mr. Steakley and the Warrior Society of Northeast Alabama represent our tribe in all tribal functions
Our tribal member Dr. Tony McClure, Ph D. has written a valuable book to assist in Native American Genealogy. You may wish to purchase Dr. McClure’s book entitled “Cherokee Proud”. It is available at various festivals and bookstores and you may contact him at 4040 Booth Road, Somerville, TN 38068 or by E-mail: CheroProud@aol.com.
Alabama is rich in Cherokee history including some of the first written Cherokee laws being enacted in Alabama. Several of the earliest Cherokee delegations to Washington D.C. included Alabama Cherokees.
We consider ourselves to be Cherokee descended people. Our rolls are open for anyone that can document their Cherokee ancestry.
Our tribal genealogist is Ms. Judy Huntington. Our tribal address is Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama, PO Box 66, Grant, AL 35747.
May you walk in peace.