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NORTHERN CHEROKEE NATION OF THE OLD LOUISIANA TERRITORY

3305 Clark Lane, PMB 242

Columbia, MO 65202

ncnolt7@yahoo.com

 

December 2017

 

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 to accomplish.

 

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 progress.

 

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


 

 

 

CHEROKEE PROMOTERS

 

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 $______________.

 

Name:

 

Address:


And in advance, from all of us, a Big Thank You.

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AFTER MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND STUDY, OUR PETITION FOR FEDERAL RECOGNITION WAS SENT TO THE BIA IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR.

 

I know we have all been losing patience in getting this done, but this was something that simply couldn’t be rushed. Hopefully, our patience will pay off, but even after being so careful, there will no doubt be areas that have to be corrected.  If so, I think we can overcome anything that needs to be done.  It is my honest opinion that we have met all the criteria that is necessary.  However, keep in mind that others will have the final say on this.  We just need to be ready to meet any obstacles that may come our way.

 

Don’t expect recognition right away; if you do, you will be very disappointed, because like many things, this takes time.  But, at least it has been submitted and at this time, there is nothing more we can do except wait, and get our government set in order as it should be.  In researching our history, it is obvious that we are already recognized, but until now, it has been a well kept secret.  It is hoped that we will merely be acknowledge for this and our recognition will be restored.

 

Getting recognition means a government to government relationship between us and the United States.  Are you ready for this?  Getting recognition does not mean there is

 automatic money waiting to go to each member.  I hope no one is looking forward to that happening, because -----it won’t.  What can be expected is a helping hand for those who want to help themselves.  To think something is given for nothing is a myth.  And, for those who are only interested in getting, you need to learn what your ancestors endured in order for you to be a survivor and be here today.  They certainly didn’t get any handouts and their struggles were many.  We, their descendants need to carry on and keep our heritage alive and be proud of whom we are; our past, present and look forward to a brighter more prosperous future.

 

DID YOU EVER STOP TO LEARN AND CONSIDER what our ancestors did endure?  If not, I do encourage you to learn and discover what a fascinating history you have. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT SHOULD WE BE DOING NOW THAT WE HAVE SUBMITTED OUR PETITION?

First of all get involved in your nation.  Attend regular meetings in your area.  And, if you don’t have a group meeting in your area, would you be willing to head one up?  Help your government to set in place those things that need to happen.  Remember, it’s your nation and the government is there to REPRESENT YOU.  But, we can’t do that if we don’t hear from you.

  

 

NORTHERN CHEROKEE ANNUAL REUNION

The council is currently working on a date and other details for our reunion that has taken place since 1983.  We encourage you to be a participant in this.  For more information contact your area representative and/or watch our nation’s web site. 


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From Chief Beverly Baker



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