Chiefs of the Early Times

Cherokee Nation Chiefs in Early Times (partial list)
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.

Moytoy, 1730 – 1760
Atakullakulla, 1760 – 1775
Oconostota, 1775 – 1780
Hanging Maw, 1780 – 1792
Little Turkey, 1792 – 1801
Black Fox, 1801 – 1811
Pathkiller, 1811 – 1827
Charles Renatus Hicks, 1827
William Hicks, 1827 – 1828
John Ross 1828 – 1839 (prior to being elected under the 1839 Constitution in Indian Territory)