Photos of John Red Hat conferring with Principal Chief
This meeting put CNO Principal Chief Chad Smith's feet on
a path to eventually make an historic announcement.
This society is a not a tribe, or a nation... though it is recognized that
it held full sovereignty of the Cherokee Nation at the turn of the 20th century.
This society is a religious fellowship one is born into -- but we have many
friends. This Society has been called the "spiritual core" of the Cherokee
Nation. As a religious fellowship, we recognize as "Cherokee" what our
grandparents taught us was "Cherokee." Many Cherokee today (since the 1880s
actually) have absolutely no concept of what being a Cherokee means.
Don't let negative, resentful persons (who were actually considered
witches by our ancient ancestors) who today
call themselves "Cherokee" deter you from this goal. We welcome all persons
of good heart.
Come here to learn what
it really means to be a Cherokee... and not just a Cherokee who has
"Cherokee Citizenship" or "a BIA card"
The author is Dorothy K. D'aigle, Red Hat's
good friend for the last ten years.
John Redhat's work is also being continued - with his blessings - at
Anyone wishing to verify that John RedHat Duke was an enrolled member of
the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma may contact either
Chief Chad Smith or past Deputy Chief Hastings Shade.