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"The Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory."

The Northern Cherokee Nation is the only tribe of Indians which has been officially recognized by the Missouri government with a Missouri House of Representatives Resolution and a Governor's Proclamation. (see copies of these and the ones from Arkansas on our links).

In 1721 our forebears, started moving west of the Mississippi as English encroachers began taking away our eastern homelands along with our freedoms.

During the time of French and Spanish occupation of the Louisiana Territory many of our ancestors first settled in the area of what is now southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas. In time our kinsmen who remained in the east referred to us as the "Lost Cherokee." (U.S. Bur. of Ethnology, 19th annual Rpt., pgs 391 & 392)

By 1799, portions of what are now St. Louis and St. Charles counties were deeded to some of our forebearers by Spanish land grants.

After the Louisiana purchase of 1803 they were forced from these properties by the United States government (may we add this was in violation of Article VI of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty). Some refugees of this forced removal then migrated into what are now Boone, Howard, Franklin, Randolph, and Macon counties of Missouri.

The thousands of Cherokee people now living in central Missouri represent only a small portion of Lost Cherokee descendants who in  time settled all over the western watershed of the Mississippi.

Because we have long been dispersed throughout what used to be the Louisiana Territory and due to the fact our Nation has lived in this area since Spanish and French occupation, we now call our tribe:

The Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory."

Our effort is to make our people aware that their government west of the Mississippi has continued to exist since before the Louisiana Purchase and that we are eager for all Northern Cherokees to re-identify themselves with the nation of their roots.

Twenty years before the "Trail of Tears" (November 2, 1819), John Ross wrote of our Nation in a letter to James Monroe, President of the United States. In the letter Ross referred to our people west of the Mississippi as "The Cherokees on the St. Francis River (located in what is now SE Missouri and NE Arkansas) who  had moved there great many years before." John Ross later became chief of the Old Cherokee Nation in the Southeast.

It should be mentioned that the United States government recognized our nation in the early 1800s. One evidence of this is that Indian Agent Samuel Treat was assigned to our Cherokee people.

Agent Treat was succeeded in 1813 by Agent William L. Lovely. After the Arkansas Reservation was set up in accordance with the Treaty of 1817, the Indian Agents were assigned to the new reservation and the United States government evidently chose to ignore and forget our people. It is our present effort to re-establish the forgotten Federal Recognition of our nation.

Soon after statehood, Missouri passed legislation in 1838 which in effect outlawed  Native Americans from living in the state. Rather than be forced to an Oklahoma reservation, many of our people chose to dress and behave like the whites in order to conceal their identity. The many of our nation who continued  to reside in Missouri had to maintain our Cherokee affairs and heritage in secret. Much suffering occurred during the many years this law stayed on the books.

We remain proud of our Cherokee heritage and cannot permit anyone to deny us our birthright, though many have tried to destroy our heritage. From ancient times we call ourselves, "Ani Yunwiya," which means, "The Principal People".

American principles of social and political equality are only part of our ancient Cherokee way. Without Americans like the Cherokee, the world may never have learned the principles of participatory democracy.

A book about our Northern Cherokee Nation is scheduled to be released this Fall from Turner Publishing. See links for the order form or you may click *HERE*.

Written by:
Nancy Jackson
member of the
Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory

House Concurrent Resolution
State Of Arkansas


of the
Missouri House of Representatives

March 8, 1984

Office of the Governor
State of Missouri

Mel Carnahan
June 20, 1996

Cape Girardeau
State of Missouri
June 17, 1997
A. M. Spradling III
Mayor of Cape Girardeau Missouri

Office of the Governor
State of Missouri
June 22, 1983

Christopher S. Bond
Governor of Missouri

Office of the Governor
State of Arkansas
March 5, 1997

Mike Huckabee
Governor of Arkansas

Sacred Pipe & Peace Trees
Cherokee Osage Wyandots

Beverly Baker Northup
Principal Chief Northern Cherokee of Missouri
Ed Red Eagle
Assistant Principal Chief of the Oklahoma Osage Tribe
Janeth K. English
Principal Chief of the Kansas Wyandot Tribe
September 27, 1997

Sacred Pipe & Peace Trees
Southern Cheyenne & Northern Cherokee Nation

Chief Charlie Little Coyote
Chief of the Southern Cheyenne Nation
Beverly Baker Northup
Principal Chief Northern Cherokee Nation OLT
Mike Ballard
President, Shawnee County Allied Tribes
September 3, 1999

Turner Publishing Company of Paducah Kentucky is currently Publishing a History Book of the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory...This Book will include the History of the NCNOLT as well as
Family Stories and Pictures...This Book was due out in the fall of 2000, but due to the wealth of information that Turner Publishing obtained, this Book will be a large volume and they have now scheduled it to be released in the fall of 2001. To order your Copy of the Book click *HERE*

An interview with Beverly Baker-Northup Principal Chief of the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory

Open letter from Beverly Baker-Northup Principal Chief of NCNOLT


It has been brought to my attention that there is a web sight titled
Chickamauga or Western Cherokee"
that is soliciting Green Family members to enroll in a newly formed group calling themselves the


To the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory.
The NCNOLT rolls will be closed forever 1-1-2002

"NCNOLT Members and Friends"

Due to the confusion that is being caused by falsehoods and innuendo that continues to be propagated from

Tom Simmons, Steve and Beki Shewmake

I feel I need to respond with the following

Kansas and Texas districts of the NCNOLT
"Welcome to the Official Homepage of the"
Northern Cherokee Nation

of the
Old Louisiana Territory

"Principal Chief Beverly Baker Northup"
~ Genealogy ~

There is now an email list available for Cherokee Research in general.

You can contact Nancy J. at:
[email protected]

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