Native Americans React to Chakchiuma Sektchi Clan Presentation
Coyote Brother is the vice chief of the Cherokee Wolf Clan in Carroll County. He is a part of six state recognized American Indian Tribes in Tennessee, but said he has never heard of the Chakchiuma Sektchi Tribe. “With the negativity that they are bringing to the news, we wanted to separate ourselves,” added Coyote Brother. The Chakchiuma Sektchi Tribe recently moved to Jackson and told city officials and law enforcement they will use their tribal tags on their cars rather than a state license plates and drivers licenses and add they are protected by the Jay Treaty, yet other Native Americans said that just does not make sense. “Some of these groups that are springing up who are political activists will take a treaty which many do not understand, since Indian law is complicated, and twist their needs,” explained Alice Henry. She is a member of the Faraway Cherokee Tribe in Memphis and said she has never heard of the Chakchiuma Sektchi Tribe, and is even concerned they may not be a legitimate tribe. “It’s not Cherokee because we’re Iroquis and we speak the Iroquois language. That’s not Cherokee, it isn’t Chickasaw and it’s not Choctaw. I don’t know where they got that name,” added Henry. Coyote Brother said his tribe is peaceful and hopes the Chakchiuma Sektchi Tribe will follow their footsteps.