Many members of the Central Band of Cherokee are the lineal descendants of the Cherokee occupants of the 1806 Congressional Reservation and their families.


In June of 2010 the State of Tennessee officially recognized the Central Band of Cherokee as a Tennessee State Recognized American Indian Tribe. This recognition was overturned quickly due to law suit claiming violation of open meeting laws.


On November 6, 1838, when Bell’s Route of the “Trail of Tears” crossed the 1806 Congressional Reservation, a great fear came upon our people that we would be the next to be removed. As a result, our people were forced into hiding. However, we continued to meet on our lands to practice our traditions and oversee the care and welfare of our Cherokee families. Thanks to the efforts of our elders and other committed individuals, our traditions, culture, and spiritual practices live on. They were maintained in the face of prejudice and under the threat of removal long after the “Trail of Tears” ended.


The Central Band of Cherokee is an inclusive American Indian tribe and we welcome all Creator’s children to share in our culture, traditions, and spiritual practices. May Creator’s blessings shine upon you!

 





For information about the Central Band, and all Tribal related matters & general questions:

Contact info:


Email: centralbandofcherokee@gmail.com

Attn: June Hurd

Central Band of Cherokee
P.O. Box 331
Lawrenceburg, TN 38464






Web design/Webmaster: jan RavenSpirit Franz

Contact jan only regarding website problem/issues, not Tribal related matters: ravenspirit@me.com

Wado, Thank you

Upcoming Events & News


  1. Bullet Announcements--Upcoming meetings:


Next Council and Membership Meeting of the Central Band of Cherokee:

The next Council and Membership meeting of The Central Band of Cherokee  will be March 9, at Riley's Restaurant in Loretto Tn. 2pm. Featuring Cherokee History lesson, Traditions and Festivals.

-We have new members to take in, and if you are one of those who needs to get your applications in, NOW is the time. It must be reviewed by our Membership Society in time for the Meeting.

-Wado for your participation and look forward to seeing you.

-(Menus available for food and drink)


Bring your ideas, with concerns/questions and comments. This meeting is open to the Public and all are welcome. If we have new membership applications they will be voted on during our meeting. This is the time of year we've waited for, to get things going and working on projects.


Email Secretary, June Lytespirit Hurd for Location/directions.


Tribal Dues and Donations accepted at this time.

Open to the Public and all those interested in what's going on with the Central Band of Cherokee

Bring your suggestions/ideas/comments/questions and concerns, all will be heard.


Now available via PayPal:


  1. Bullet Book(s) for Sale!  Click on for link page.


Dale Lone Elk Casteel, Deer Clan

Chief Clan Chief, Central Band of Cherokee

The Native People of Turtle Island


  1. Bullet See New Tribal Membership, Treaties & Dues page.


    You can now pay your dues, annually or monthly as well as purchase our newsletter via hard copy/ online copy through PayPal. This is a secure payment site.


SEE NEW testing available at DNA Consultants -

DNA page.

Marina Raye has very kindly allowed us to utilize her beautiful, healing music. This song is entitled “Many Blessings”.  It is wise to remain ever mindful of those blessings. Aho.

Please visit her site:

http://www.marinaraye.com/index.html

To learn more about the 1806 Congressional Reservation, click the link below:
Tennessee's 2nd Surveyors’ DistrictSuveyors_District.htmlshapeimage_1_link_0

OSIYO, greetings



Central Band of Cherokee

BIA Category 4 Cherokee

1806 Congressional Reservation

IRC §501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation

                
 


Some graphics added, including the Eagle on this page, and browser backgrounds are from First People as linked below. Please visit their site:

http://www.firstpeople.us/

Our Tribal Seal


    The center wheel is the directional colors of the Cherokee. The turtle represents what is known as "Turtle Island" to Native tribes all over this country. Cherokee is considered southern Iroquoian, therefore, an appropriate concept. The figures are Selu- the Corn Mother, First Woman of the Cherokee, and the male figure is Kanati, or First Man of the Cherokee, the God of the Hunt. He is associated with Deer, and Selu with corn.


    The concept shows the equality of the man and woman within the tribe. We were a Matrilineal society. These are figures specific to the Cherokee tribe.  They are on the back of the turtle, showing their importance and the connectedness of all people on this earth.