Piedmont American Indian Association
Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of South Carolina
Our Tribal Council
Mary Louise Worthy
Our Vice Chief
Dexter Yellow Hawk Sharp
Kimberly Night Bird Lance
Mark Two Blades Williams
Scott Red Otter Gephart
Gene News Carrier Durham
Tommy War Dog Sanders
Tribal Council meetings are usually held the last Saturday of the month (check Calendar) at 10:00 A.M. in the White Sage Longhouse, except June, July, September, November, and December. According to our By-Laws and Constitution, the Chief and Tribal Council Chairperson may call for another council meeting other than those designated.
Tommy War Dog
Our Elders' Council
"Keeping the traditions alive and being active role models are what make the Elders the backbone of our tribe. Tribal Elders are what we, as tribal members, are all trying to accomplish with our own lives. From one generation to the next, the Tribal Elders will always be the connecting link." - First Chief Howard White Bull Norris
In 2002 Chief Howard White Bull Norris initiated the Elders' Council. The Elders' Council is the advisory committee to the entire tribe. These Elders have the knowledge and the experience to give counsel and advice to the Chief, Vice Chief, and the tribal council members on matters of tradition and culture.
Harold Lone Wolf Norwood,
First Elders' Council Chairman
Patsy Dancing Wolf Durham,
Chairwoman of the Elders' Council
Lillian Basket Weaver Bryant,
Founding Member of the
Jim Black Bear Howell
Gene News Carrier Durham
In Memoriam We Remember...
First Chief Howard White Bull Norris
Dolores Morning Star Parker
Eddy Two Hearts Worthy
James Blue Turtle Vinson
Patricia Rosebud Clement
Martha Sun Flower Howell
Johnnie Red Wolf Blank
Linda Fire Ant Woman Hanley
Effie Woman Who Speaks Her Mind
Arrowood Altman, Founding Member
of the Elders Council
Mark Two Blades is the War Chief of the Red Shirt Warrior Society.
The Red Shirt Warriors (RSW) are tasked with the job of safety of our Chief, women, and children. We are responsible for upkeep and expansion of the buildings and grounds. We are the work force of the tribe.
Requirements for becoming a Red Shirt Warrior:
Male members 14 yrs. or older can become a Red Shirt Warrior by asking to join.
A member will become his sponsor. The sponsor will have him fill out an application.
When the application is returned to the sponsor, it will be given to the War Chief.
The applicant must be present at the next Red Shirt Warrior Society meeting.
The War Chief will read the application aloud to the other members and introduce the applicant.
Red Shirt Warrior Society
Women of the Spirit (WOS)
Women of the Spirit is a vibrant community of women. Shannon Laughingdeer Long is the Chairwoman.
Our Mission: We recognize that tribal women are the backbone of the tribe, weaving our ideas, community, and culture by empowering one another in every way. We help our Elders and teach our young. We support our men and honor our ancestors.
We do this by:
Giving of our time and talents to help our at our pow wow;
Practice and teach ceremonial etiquette;
Work on regalia;
Gain knowledge through books and Elders about our history and our traditions;
Maintain the tribal flower bed and plants;
Help our Elders in everyway;
We inspire our young Cherokees by passing these down to them through teaching them our traditions, history and craftwork in order to preserve our culture for the next generation;
We support our men by helping on tribal work days.
Kimberly Night Bird Lance and Jimmy Snake Killer Nicholson are the Chairpeople of the Young Cherokees.
Our Mission Statement is:
To gather our young for the betterment of the tribe;
To learn and preserve our history and our culture; and
To honor our ancestors.
Young Cherokees are tribal members under the age of 35.
Victoria Yellow Rose Norris has stepped aside as the Chairwoman of the Teaching Clan. Another chairperson is needed.
The Teaching Clan presents classes and events that teach tribal members and the community the history and culture of the Cherokee People and other Native People.
Chief Howard White Bull Kids' Days: program initiated by Chief Norris in 2009 to teach students the history and culture of the Cherokee People and other Native People in an interactive arena.
Strong Beaver Kids' Camp: coordinated by Jesse Medicine Bird Liggett to teach our youngest tribal members about their traditions and cultures.
Community Program: to teach and share the Cherokee history and culture in college and museum settings.
Basketful of Knowledge Museum
Our First Chief envisioned our tribe having the only Cherokee Museum run by Cherokees in South Carolina; he also envisioned a traveling museum named “Basketful of Knowledge.” Victoria Yellow Rose Norris will work to combine this vision into reality, The PAIA Basketful of Knowledge Museum. Along with the help of other tribal members, specifically Barbara Raven Sanders, this museum will tell the Cherokee story in this state and beyond. Our present museum located in the tribal house contains much Cherokee history and artifacts, many old and recent crafts, regalia, tools and weapons, and photos of our ancestors. We will build upon this foundation to include an exhibit of our Elders telling their stories; more information about our past and current craftspeople; our 100-year history as the PAIALECNSC; and including a tribute to our First Chief who worked incessantly to make us recognized by the State of South Carolina as a tribe.
The P.A.I.A Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of S.C. has a very unique craft store. We have Tribal Members who are Native Artists and they make original pieces for sale at our Pow Wow and our numerous kids' days. The majority of our crafts come from our members, and that enables us to reduce outside vendors to increase our inventory. We are extremely proud of our store as we continue to grow. I am Beckie Morning Sun Sharp who is the craft store manager; Kimberly Night Bird Lance is my assistant.
Scott Red Otter Gephart is the Chairman of the Pow Wow Committee starting with the 12th Annual Pow Wow. .
This committee organizes the upcoming pow wow:
Specifies date (last Saturday in September);
Advertising and signs;
Contacts and schedules Drum, MC, Arena Director, Food & Craft Vendors, and other entertainers, and portable toilets & trash pickup;
Sets up reservations at Hotel;
Organizes other committees for certain duties;
Gets volunteers to help;
Sends out invitations; and
Makes pow wow schedule.