This book investigates (predominantly) Cherokee Nation court decisions, briefs, and statutes to offer insight into contested Tribal decision making over the last fifty years. It provides an internal view looking outward of the impact of these decisions, both in the moment they were made and for decades to come. It suggests that in such times great people and governments should decide issues based on principle rather than expediency or personal gain. It is, in short, a call for a return to the Cherokee legacy of government integrity.
The book is organized chronologically, starting with a brief overview of Cherokee Constitutional history from 1827 to 1975. Its primary focus, however, is upon eleven examples of questionable decision making by Cherokee national leadership between 1994 and 2020. By concentrating on these “case studies” the book will offer a rare look into a tribal government that has gone astray, providing stories of both those who have suffered and those who have caused the suffering.
"If you want to be successful, it is this simple. Know what you are doing, love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing." -- Will Rogers
When Chad Smith became Principal Chief, the Cherokee Nation was a chaotic and dysfunctional entity. By the end of his tenure, 12 years later, the Nation had grown its assets from $150 million to $1.2 billion, increased business profits 2,000 percent, created 6,000 jobs, and dramatically advanced its education, language, and cultural preservation programs.
How could one team influence such vast positive change?
The Cherokee Nation's dramatic transformation was the result of Smith's principle-based leadership approach and his unique "Point A to Point B model"--the simple but profound idea that the more you focus on the final goal, the more you will accomplish . . . and the more you will learn along the way. In other words, "look at the end rather than getting caught up in tanglefoot."
In Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation, Smith combines Cherokee wisdom handed down from generation to generation with a smart leadership approach that takes today's very real issues into consideration. He explains why this leadership approach works and how you can apply it to your own organization, whether business, government, or nonprofit. Learn all the lessons that drive powerful leadership, including how to:
More than a simple how-to leadership guide, Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation offers a holistic approach to the subject--how to become a powerful leader inside and direct your energy outward to accomplish any goal you set your mind to.
In Building One Fire, Chad Smith and renowned Cherokee-Osage scholar and author Rennard Strickland present a unique look at Cherokee art through the lens of Cherokee philosophy. Since the time when Water Spider brought the gift of fire to the Cherokee people, the One Fire, “the Ancient Lady,” has been at the center of Cherokee spiritual life.
From this fire, which represents community, the white smoke of prayer rises to Nitsudunvha, One Who is Always Above. In return Nitsudunvha sends to each person four sets of gifts with which to develop mind, body, and spirit. These gifts are brought by four messengers, one from each of the cardinal directions. The gifts of the four messengers, the colors and qualities associated with them, and the four-point circle that embraces the sacred fire—all these are part of Cherokee consciousness and creativity. They take visible form, subtly or directly, in works created by Cherokee artists.
This book presents more than 200 art-works by some 80 artists which speak to what it means to be Cherokee. Cherokee philosopher Benny Smith shares his teachings about Cherokee world view, Cherokee art is laid before the reader in a visual feast, and a special ending section celebrates the vivaciousness of child artists who represent the next generation’s creative Cherokee citizens.
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