Appointed by the President, these principal chiefs, many holding the title for only a single day, signed documents and performed other pro forma duties as required by the federal government.
A Pre-1839 Constitution Civil Chief
The Second Chief of the Western Cherokee, or Old Settlers. He was a delegate in charge of the Cherokees who went to Washington with Sam Hosutin in December 1831.
Principal Chief 1875 - 1879
These Chiefs served in the Cherokee Nation East. Historically, there were tribal town chiefs, and then Principal Chiefs whose jurisdiction encompassed all tribal towns and districts. The following were considered Principal Chiefs.
Both factions of the Cherokee Nation attempted to conduct business during the War Between the States. Here's the men who led them.
A listing of Cherokee Nation Principal Chiefs from The Trail of Tears era until today, as voted by the Cherokee People.
Principal Chief 1879 - 1887
An influential man, both before and after the Removal. Assistant Chief under John Ross' administration.
Principal Chief 1887 - 1891
An Old Setter Chief.
Principal Chief under the Cherokee Nation Constitution of 1839, 1839 - 1866
The first Assistant Chief of the Cherokee Nation's 1839 constitution.
Letter from John Ross, Principal Chief Executive DepartmentTahlequah, Nov. 18th, 1844
Principal Chief 1867 - 1872
A list of the Principal Chiefs of the Western Cherokee, before the Constitution of 1839.
Principal Chief 1975 - 1985
Principal Chief 1895 - 1899
Principal Chief 1899 - 1903
Principal Chief 1903 - 1907
Principal Chief 1866 - 67 and 1872 - 1875
Principal Chief 1985 - 1995