Current Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed was elected for a four-year term as principal chief in early September.
Chief Sneed was elected with 55 percent of the vote, defeating Teresa McCoy. The elections were open to enrolled members of the EBCI.
“It is a great honor to have been elected to serve the people of the Eastern Band as their Principal Chief,” said Sneed. “Our tribe has seen significant growth in recent years and it’s important to continue stabilizing our government as we continue to grow – recognizing our meaningful history with North Carolina while building a strong future for our community.”
Chief Sneed’s race was part of a slate of elections for the tribe, including Alan B. Ensley who was elected Vice Chief over Jim Owle.
Big Cove Council
- Richard French, 254 (30.86)
- Perry Shell, 217 (26.37)
Big Y/Wolfetown Council
- Bo Crowe, 717 (42.30)
- Chelsea Saunooke, 409 (24.13)
- Boyd Owle, 682 (34.43)
- Albert Rose, 589 (29.73)
- Dike Sneed, 260 (30.37)
- Tommye Saunooke, 255 (29.79)
- David T. Wolfe, 337 (39.14)
- Tom Wahnetah, 250 (29.04)
Snowbird/Cherokee County Council
- Adam Wachacha, 337 (36.83)
- Bucky Brown, 294 (32.13)
Big Y School Board
- Tara Reed-Cooper, 138 (60.53)
Painttown School Board
- Regina Ledford-Rosario, 363 (100)
Yellowhill School Board
- Jennifer Thompson, 398 (100)
“I congratulate all the candidates who chose to pursue running in this important political process. And for those who were elected alongside me, I look forward to working with each of you to continue our tribe’s progress in the years ahead,” said Sneed.
About the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), once part of a much larger Cherokee Nation population that became divided when the Trail of Tears was mandated, is one of three federally-recognized Cherokee Tribes, including the Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, which are located in Oklahoma. The Eastern Band is made up of those who remained and rebuilt within North Carolina’s Qualla Boundary (sometimes called the Cherokee Indian Reservation). Currently, there are over 15,000 enrolled members of the EBCI located in Cherokee and throughout the state. Cherokee is a sovereign nation, and governed by an elected executive and legislative branch, and has its own judicial branch.