A NEW YEAR IS ON ITS WAY
Happy Holiday Greetings to one and all. As we are approaching a new year, I am encouraged that this
will be the year when we will realize our goals and to become a more prosperous nation. This we can accomplish with the finalization
of getting all of our enrollments and documents submitted to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
As most of you probably already know, we have submitted our petition for federal recognition; however, the Bureau of Indian
Affairs (BIA) is giving us the opportunity to get our enrollments up to date and in the order they prefer, along with allowing
us time to submit more documentation to show and give strength to our legitimacy. This, your tribal government is dedicated
PROBLEMS WE HAVE ENCOUNTERED that have slowed us down are certainly nothing new; this has been going on
for 30 years. It seems that we must be doing something right, because every time we get close to our goals, there is
something or someone who wants to always pull us down and make claim to what we have. But, like the Phoenix that rose
from the flames, we continually get up, dust off and continue onward. And in spite of all this, we continue to make
I have little doubt that we can and will meet all the criteria for federal recognition. However, we are only as strong
as our membership and we need your participation to show this strength. Not only that, but this is your tribe and government
and you not only have the right to speak, it is your obligation. So, please let us hear from you!! Get involved
in your local meetings and support your tribal council person. If you don’t have anyone to represent your area,
let us know. Perhaps you could fill that position.
A FEW YEARS AGO, ONE OF OUR BELOVED MEN, Dewey Neal, came up with the idea of having Cherokee Promoters.
These Promoters were to pledge regular contributions to the tribe to help support it. This worked, and once again, I
am asking that we revive this. As a Cherokee Promoter, you will be acknowledged for your contribution(s).
The timing is critical. We need donations for an office. We want federal recognition, Now, there
are not funds to do this and your help is needed. And, of course, there are other office expenses for newsletters, etc. We
all can understand the cost of most everything these days and I won’t go into every little detail.
I feel such a burden to bring our nation back on its feet and not be put down and ignored any longer. I feel
a burden to have the education system recognize that our children have their own culture disadvantage in the public schools.
The politicians like to use the phrase, “No Child Left Behind.” What about the Native American children?
I am tired of us being overlooked. I believe in us, I know who we are, and I know we can do it – together.
WE MUST HAVE YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS ON FILE, ASAP. The BIA has made it very clear that every tribal
member must have a current address on file. Without this, you will have to be removed from our roll. So hurry and get
this to us. Many of these newsletters will come back without a forwarding address. Without a current address,
we will start pulling members from our files. If you have friends or family members who did not receive a newsletter,
let them know we probably don’t have a current address and they MUST get this to us ASAP
If you would like to be a part of this tribe’s success, we ask that you join the Cherokee Promoters and help by sending
in donations. Please send all monies to our not for profit corporation, Northern Cherokee Community Assoc., at the tribal
address. As a member, you will be acknowledged for your contribution(s).
Yes _____ I would like to be a Promoter. I can send in $________________
_______Weekly $______________Monthly, or a one time Yearly contribution of $_______.
Enclosed, is my contribution in the amount of $______________.