The Free Cherokees New Phoenix
The Free Cherokee Clans, Bands, and Chiefs
Past Clans / Bands
The Free Cherokee have gone through many times of change since 1989 when GrandFather Sings-Alone had his vision. At one time we were a hoop of over 30 bands, clans, and councils in every region across this Turtle Continent. During times of change we have seen some leave and some come, but the spirit has always been here.
The New Phoenix has risen, and we are in the process of pulling together once more. We welcome back those who have left, who wish to join us again, and revive bands/clans that were once active. If you are one of those who would like to re-join us, please contact the National Office and Principal Chief.
New Clans / Bands
If you would like to start a new Free Cherokee band/clan or would like to have an existing group accepted into the Free Cherokee, please contact the National Office and Principal Chief. The process involves petitioning the Free Cherokee Chiefs' Council to be recognized as a new band/clan. The representative (chief) of the new group meets with Council.
We ask that new bands/clans have a minimum of seven adults or families. Once accepted, the chief of the new band/clan will participate in future Council meetings. The chief is the main contact person, and is responsible for activities in their locale.
Presently Active Clans / Bands
Below is a listing of Free Cherokee bands/clans that are presently active, along with the names of the chiefs-and their contact information. When applying to be Free Cherokee, we ask that prospective members be active at the local level in an existing band/clan, and willing to attend Free Cherokee Gatherings.
The band/clan is designed to meet regularly and have more frequent contact with members. Presently, there are three national Gatherings (Florida, Ohio, and Georgia) where bands/clans can get together for several days or a week at a time-to experience what it is like to be Free Cherokee.
Chief Spirit Shadow
Deer Clan of East Tennessee
Florida Wolf Clan
Four Winds Band
Sweet Potato Clan
Bird Clan of East Central Alabama
Wolf Clan of Pacific Northwest
Sub-Groups / Other Clans
Free Cherokee members may join various sub-groups, for which they qualify, or for which they have an interest.
For those interested in native medicine and healing, there is the Medicine Society. For more information contact:
Choosing a Band/Clan
Members are free to choose any band/clan regardless of the geographic area. Some members travel great distances from different parts of the state, or even from other states, to participate in gatherings and ceremonies sponsored by a particular band/clan.
Free Cherokee have become accustomed to a lot of travel, and travel long distances to participate in national Gatherings or band/clan gatherings. On the Free Cherokee application form, there is a space to indicate what band/clan to which they belong. That band/clan may be located at some distance from their home, or it may be nearby.
There are no restrictions regarding geographic areas or locations-members have to be willing to travel the necessary distances to participate as much as possible. If you are interested in joining a particular band/clan, or finding out more information about their activities, please use their mailing or e-mail address to contact the chief of a particular band/clan. The best way to get introduced to the different bands/clans is to attend a Free Cherokee Gathering in Florida, Ohio, or Georgia.
For more information, please contact Chief Spirit Shadow at email@example.com
Free Cherokee Nat’l Office
contact: Chief Spirit Shadow