Welcome to the Official Home of the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi on the web.
The Tsalagiyi Nvdagi, under the name of Texas Cherokee, signed a treaty with the Republic of Texas on February 23, 1836. Texas violated that treaty when they drove the Texas Cherokee and their related bands from Texas by gun and knife on July 16, 1839, and Chief Diwali (principal chief at that time and known to the whites as Bowles) was killed. Those who survived the massacre fled their Spanish land grant and scattered to South Texas, Northern Mexico, West Texas or hid in the deep forest of East Texas to avoid suffering a similar fate.
We are not a United States Federally Recognized Tribe and do not plan to seek Federal Recognition since our ancestors never signed a Treaty with the United States Government. We are recognized by the Free and Sovereign State of Coahuila de Zaragoza and Federally Recognized by the Republic of Mexico under the San Andres Accords August 31, 2001.
The Tsalagiyi Nvdagi was granted official Tribal Recognition by Honorable Governor Greg Abbott on behalf of the State of Texas on October 10, 2019. We are not governed by, or part of, the Oklahoma, United Keetoowah, or Eastern Band of Cherokee but are related to them by blood. Our ancestors were settled in Spanish Texas with a working tribal government by 1819 where we still remain to this day!
We believe, united as a tribe, we are capable of recovering our culture, spirituality and traditions for the good of our people, today, and for future generations yet to come.
We who have come together to reinstate our tribe are very proud people. We will last as long as there is a drop of Ani-Tsalagi blood left among us.
Our headquarters, located in southern Smith County just two miles from the northern border of Cherokee County is in the area that was once the land of the treaty with the Republic of Texas. It covered all of Cherokee County, Smith County and a number of square miles of land outside that area.
For more information regarding the Tsalagiyi Nvdagi
or membership application information, write to:
Tsalagiyi Nvdagi Tribe
4212 Kendall Lane
Waco, Texas 76705
This flute music is called “Rolling Thunder“.
Created by: Wado Pale Wolf.She has graciously allowed it to be played here.