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'Siyo, I am Dr. Loretta Standley, since I am half Eastern Band Cherokee, naturally many of the sacred rituals and ceremonies resonate with my spirit. My mom, Mary (Meli pronounced May-lee), is full-blood Eastern Band Cherokee and was born on the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. Naturally that makes both my maternal grandmother and maternal grandfather full-blood Cherokee as well, not to mention all of my other ancestors who came before them. The funny thing is many times people will say to me, "Well 'Standley' doesn't sound Cherokee to me." I respond, "Well it doesn't sound Cherokee to me either, it's my maiden name (dad's last name)."
Below is a picture of my mom and dad (center) with the past Principal Chief, Michell Hicks (right). My siblings and I grew up with people asking if my dad was our "real dad," so if you are wondering . . . yes, he is my real dad and he really is blonde. (winky wink)
My parents are retired, (married 57 years) and live in Cherokee, North Carolina. Cherokee is also my official address, as I split my time between Cherokee, NC and St. Louis, MO. The Eastern Band Cherokees are mountain people. Cherokee is located in western North Carolina just over the Great Smokey Mountains coming from Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
My sister and nearly all of my Cherokee family (aunts, uncles, cousins) live in Cherokee. I have property there as well.
Nearly 13 years ago, my daughter Karmen (Kameni pronounced Ka-may-nee) gave birth to identical twin boys, Nicholas (Nigalasi pronounced Nee-gah-la-see) and Jacob (Tsegoqui pronounced Jay-go-kwe). Sorrowfully, Nicholas aka Nigalasi did not survive birth (may God rest his spirit).
I always call Jacob "Big Tree" because both Nick and Jake were given their Cherokee name by my mom and myself (since we are great-grandmother and grandmother respectively). Both their middle name is Sequoia, which means "Big Tree."
There is also the name "Sequoyah," derived from the Cherokee word "Siqua" and in English translation means "hog". Sequoyah was the creator of the Cherokee writing system. It is commonly thought that Sequoyah means "disabled" because Sequoyah walked with a limp from a childhood deformity. And the word 'hog' or 'siqua' means having short legs. The Sequoia tree is commonly thought to be named after Sequoyah obviously not because of shortness, but because of greatness.
My name "Loretta" in Cherokee is Lowedi' (pronounced Low-way-dee). Another pronounciation is Loquenieta (pronounced Lo-kwayn-a-ta). If someone asks what my name is in Cherokee, I will typically say Lowedi' because my great uncle (we called G. George) who spoke fluent Cherokee use to call me Lowedi' and he is the one who gave me my first lessons in Cherokee. Interestingly enough, G. George also use to call me Kamama, which means 'butterfly' or 'elephant' in Cherokee, depending of course on how you mean it and use it. Now I know that G. George meant it as 'Butterfly' because he told me. The reason I find this interesting is because my astrologer, Thomas Seers (may God rest his soul) never called me Loretta; he always called me Butterfly. Being the Gemini that I am, he would always say, "And where are you calling me from today Butterfly?"
It is fascinating how . . when it is the Truth, it shows up everywhere.
HOW OFTEN AM I IN CHEROKEE?
I am in Cherokee fairly often since it is my official address. My daughter Karmen (Kameni pronounced Ka-may-nee) along with 'Big Tree' will visit as often as they can. Cherokee is a fairly quick drive from St. Louis, Missouri, which takes about 10 hours (depends on whose driving).
THREE TRIBES OF THE CHEROKEE
There are three different tribes of the Cherokees that are federally recognized. The distinction of the three different tribes came during the Trail of Tears from Cherokee, North Carolina to Oklahoma.
The Western Band of Cherokees with headquarters in Tahlequah, Oklahoma is the largest of the three tribes with over 270,000 enrolled tribal members.
Also headquartered in Tahlequah is the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees with approximately 16,000 tribal members.
The Eastern Band of Cherokees is headquartered in Cherokee, North Carolina with approximately 12,000 tribal members and is the smallest of the three.
I am an Eastern Band Cherokee tribal member.
Sorry, due to my own time constraints I cannot help search for your Cherokee ancestry. I suggest using the Indian rolls that are found on www.ancestry.com.
Genealogy records exist for tribal members, but it is almost impossible to trace genealogy based on one name that does not already appear as part of the tribal records. So an individual may have Cherokee ancestry, but they are not considered Cherokee tribal members unless they have Cherokee citizenship through enrollment.
While there are many people who have Cherokee ancestry, not everyone qualifies for tribal citizenship in any of the three bands and they all have separate criteria for citizenship. Federally recognized Cherokee are those formally recognized by the United States government. Groups around the country who have no federal, historic, or cultural foundation often misguide individuals who do not qualify for tribal citizenship.
This is a complex subject because the Cherokee Nation once enveloped parts of eastern Kentucky and Tennessee, western West Virginia, southwestern Virginia, western North Carolina, northern Alabama, northwestern South Carolina and northern Georgia. It is further involved by the infamous removal of the Cherokee to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears in the late 1830s.
B.S. - in Physics, Biology and Human Biology
Doctorate in Chiropractic (DC) - Logan College of Chiropractic
Student Doctor Award - Logan College of Chiropractic
FIAMA - Fellow in the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture
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Cranial Sacral Therapy
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Studied and practiced twelve chiropractic techniques
Post-doctorate studies in Neurology
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Native American practices
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