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United Cherokee Nation of Indians - Aniyvwiya, Missouri (U.S.)

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Last modified: 2020-03-29 by rick wyatt
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[United Cherokee Nation of Indians - Aniyvwiya] image by Valentin Poposki, 7 March 2020

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The Band

In 2005, an attorney/missionary/entrepreneur named David Jackson received, what he believed to be, a Divine Commission to “help the Cherokee”. Typical to his straight forward approach, he immediately began dealings with the Western Cherokee Nation of Arkansas and Missouri. Finding insufficient common ground among the Western Cherokee, he began a new group, known only as the 11th tribe. David’s visits with the various Cherokee groups around the country revealed to him glaring difficulties with their individual tribal organizations. It was at that point that he and a few others with him created the Tribal entity that became the United Cherokee Nation of Indians - Aniyvwiya. The name was chosen to indicate our different approach to Native government while still showing our connection to our Tribal roots.
Valentin Poposki, 7 March 2020

The Flag

Symbolism of The United Cherokee Nations of Indians-Aniyvwiya Emblem
The dreamcatcher speaks of native heritage and the combined dreams and aspirations of, in this case, The United Cherokee Nation of Indians.

The webbing radiating out from the center like a spider web speaks, on one level, of the ability to catch and hold those dreams. On another level it symbolizes the interconnectedness of all life. As it stretches out from the middle, it reaches toward the Ultimate, where all being and purpose originate.

The webbing extends to a circle which is the circle of Cherokee existence as well as the totality of creation.

The heart in the center, of course, represents the Cherokee motto: Matters of the heart. The Cherokee concept of “the right way” is closely related.

Seven Star Points
The seven star points represent the different Cherokee clans and the colors represent their different functions and responsibilities.

Laurel Branch
The laurel branch is a symbol for peace, which the United Cherokee Nation of Indians desires. The crown configuration also denotes victory, which we will always obtain.

Golden Eagle Feather
The feather is that of the golden eagle which, from Cherokee antiquity, was the sacred messenger between Earth and Sky. It is attached to the circle and the attachment is terminated by sacred beads, showing our concern for the “right way” of living, thinking and acting.

Colored Stones
The colored stones enmeshed in the webbing mirror the star points and signify the various clans’ understanding of their position, importance and responsibility to The United Cherokee Nation of Indians and, indeed, the rest of creation.

The flag is white with the emblem on it.
Valentin Poposki, 7 March 2020