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:


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:

Wado, Thank you

Upcoming Events & News

  1. Bullet ***Special Announcement***

As of February 2016, our meetings will be held on the second SATURDAY of each month, at Riley’s Resturant, Lorretto TN, at 2:00 p.m.  If you are planning to eat, please arrive early.

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

See also: Dr. Yates’ Phase II Cherokee Studies-final information and paper.

Central Band of Cherokee Project DNA page is under production.

Marina Raye has very kindly allowed us to utilize her beautiful, healing music. The song is entitled “Many Blessings” is available to listen to by clicking on the play button.

It is wise to remain ever mindful of those blessings. Aho.

Please visit her site:

Billy Whitefox, is a Creek Indian, artist and NAMA award winning flutist. The song being played when this web page is opened: “In One Spirit”.

Please visit his site:

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:

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.