|Lost Cherokee of Arkansas
and Missouri Inc.
2201 Washington Ave.
Conway, AR 72032
Phone: (501) 932-0928
Fax: (501) 932-0929
|Court Ruling Proclaims “The Oversight Committee” Wrong!!!!
In a decision reached in the Circuit Court of Van Buren County,
Judge Clawson has proclaimed that the “tribe” and its membership
are represented solely by The Lost Cherokee of Arkansas and
Missouri, Inc. and its officers. The ruling also shoots down the
notion (of the Stockton family ruled “Oversight Committee”) that
we submitted 731 names to the BIA and intended this to be the total
base roll. This has been proved conclusively wrong. The 731
names were submitted for an assistance review, and were never
meant to be the final role. Now the courts have proclaimed that
what we have been saying about all this is true. Click here to see
the quotes from the ruling!!!
AS OF DECEMBER 10, 2008....................................................
Due to changes in acknowledgement process for tribes we are
sending out a letter that every member must sign. Click here to
see a copy of the letter.
(If you've already sent the letter by mail, you do not need to
fill it out online!!!)
You can fill the form out online here.
To quote the Code of Federal Regulations #25 part 83.1
"Member of an Indian tribe means an individual who is
recognized by an Indian group as meeting its membership
criteria and who consents to being listed as a member of that
NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE!
This is not the responsibility of the tribe and corporation. It
is the sole responsibility of every tribal member to get these
forms signed, and make sure your file is in order and
address is current for themselves and anyone they have
If your name is on this list we do not have a physical address
for you. It is your responsibility to contact the office ASAP.
Click here to see the list.
If your name is on this list your address is no longer valid and
we need your new one. Click here to see the list.
If your name is on this list you are missing something from your
files and it has been deemed incomplete. It is your
responsibility to contact the office ASAP. Click here to see the
The Lost Cherokee of Arkansas & Missouri office is
requesting information on all active duty service men and
women as well as Iraq War Veterans. If you have family
members who serve in the United States Armed Forces
please send their information; we would like to know about
any special service awards or commendations for our active
duty serviceman for the Cherokee World.
The information requested will need to be e-mailed or
mailed to the Lost Cherokee office; please make sure to
include a picture (optional), name, rank, home place (state),
and e-mail address (optional).
CONTACT INFORMATION at top of the page
Pow Wow brings Indian culture to UCA
By RACHEL PARKER DICKERSON
LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER
A chorus of drummers joined in rhythm, and voices lifted an ancient chant as the Lost
Cherokee of Arkansas and Missouri began its 2009 Pow Wow.
The event was held Saturday at the Farris Center at the University of Central Arkansas.
The Lost Cherokee is a group seeking federal recognition as an Indian tribe.
Donna Murphy, scheduling and events coordinator for UCA, said 1,000 to 2,000 people
were expected to attend the event.
"They were hoping to be able to share or allow people to be aware of the Indian culture
and traditions, so they were hoping that it would involve students and the community," she
said. "We have so many diverse cultures here on the campus. We were hoping to make
people aware of a different culture. I know we do things here at the university that bring in
different cultures. This was one to allow people to observe and participate. It seems to be
bringing in lots of people from surrounding states."
Ed Boles of Rosedale, Okla., was seated near the dance area waiting for the gourd dance
to begin. According to the program, the purpose of the gourd dance is to bless the grounds.
"If you've got a drop of Indian blood in you, (the Pow Wow is) a very, very serious and
sacred thing," Boles said. "It's our way of connecting with the past, with our forefathers,
of keeping up the traditions."
He continued, "The reason we're called the Lost Cherokee is because we had to hide out.
In my young years, we were not allowed to talk about being Indian outside the home
because Mother and Dad were afraid they would be hunted down. Inside we talked about
it all the time. Outside the home we were called Black Dutch because of our complexion.
There's no such thing as Black Dutch, but everyone here will tell you they have Black
Dutch in their background."
The gourd dancers, men dressed in red sashes, shook metal rattles in time with the beating
of the drum. They stood behind the drummers as the pounding of the drum and the singing
Buddy Whiteley, a councilman on the governing body of the Lost Cherokee, said what the
Pow Wow means to him is "It means I'm getting a little of my life back that I've been
robbed of culture, lifestyle. Before I die, I want to know everything I can about my
Whiteley said he is the person who gives people in the tribe their Indian names. He is
building a spiritual ground in Parks, Ark., for spiritual ceremonies.
Boles said, "Arkansas needs a recognized tribe. The state of Arkansas would be amazed.
The schools (would benefit). I really think we will be it's just a long process with the
Bureau of Indian Affairs."
According to a 2006 letter to the Log Cabin Democrat from Lost Cherokee Headman Cliff
Bishop, the Lost Cherokee are descended from Indians who remained in Arkansas when
the government forced the Cherokee out of the state in the late 1820s.