To date, the earliest records we've found are the Cherokee Indians listed on the 1835 census and the 1930 census records for Jackson County Alabama. This group eventually formed a tribe known as Cherokees of Jackson County. The Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama is one of nine tribes recognized by the State of Alabama with representation on the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission. Alabama is rich in Cherokee history, including some of the first written Cherokee laws being written in Alabama. Several of the earliest delegations to Washington D.C. included Alabama Cherokees. Today the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama consists of citizens through out the state and country.
CTNEAL Strives to promote the common good and well-being of the Tribe; protect and preserve our culture and traditions, including our language, arts and crafts, and archeological sites; protect our land, water, and natural resources; promote and protect the health and welfare of our people; encourage and promote educational opportunities for citizens of the Tribe; foster economic development; protect the individual rights of our citizens; acquire additional lands for the benefit of the Tribe; promote self-government and ensure the political integrity of the Tribe; and preserve, secure and exercise all the inherent sovereign rights and powers of an Indian tribe. We are dedicated to our culture, language, and traditions. In order to uphold these values, we hold numerous community events each year, including cultural and educational programs for elders, youth, and members of our tribal community. With progress comes change, and the Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama fully embraces these ideals for a better future.
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