cheif.jpgOral history that has been passed down from generation to generation states members of The United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc. are of American Indian ancestry. As Cherokees from the Ridge in Amherst County and Stonewall Mill in Appomattox County united, they became known as The United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, Inc. Our Native American ancestors were survivors. They blended into the rural surrounding by becoming successful farmers, carpenters, military minutemen - Revolutionary War soldiers, skilled and semi - skilled professionals. They dressed like others so as not to draw undue attention. To some, they were " White "; to some they were Colored”. Very few were informed of their true identity, “Cherokee Indian.” In fact, the secret has been so well kept, that we now have to delve into numerous Court and vital statistic records, and archives to provide evidence of our ancestry.

Like our ancestors, we are proud, hardworking, skilled professional citizens. The present descendants have generally continued those vocational trends. Today the community has Physicians, Nurses, Teachers, Pharmacists, Anesthesiologists, Building Contractors, Attorneys, and a host of other skilled and professional positions.

Buffalo Ridge families realized there was a weakening of the tribal community. Family reunions and gatherings were not sufficient to pass on tribal beliefs and traditions. Therefore, a formal organization was formed to retain their cultural heritage. Since the inception of the United Cherokee Indian Tribe of Virginia, our members have increased their activates in the County community, with projects such as Adopt- a -Highway and providing representation on the Commonwealth of Virginia Workforce Investment Board.

Our current membership is 534 strong. We are located in Madison Heights, Virginia, a municipality in Amherst County. Located between The City of Lynchburg, Virginia and the home of our former President Thomas Jefferson in Popular Forest, Virginia and the counties of Appomattox, Virginia {historically known as the area where General Lee surrender to General Grant, ending the Civil War.} Looking over the Ridge, one is able to view the city of Bedford, Virginia where the newly erected National D-day Memorial is located. All locations previously mentioned are in the heart of Central Virginia.

For more then 300 years, UCITOVA tribal community descendents are still living and are strong. In the past, history has shown we have been bullied, harassed and taken advantage of. Through these times, we have relied on the wisdom of our Elders to provide the correct course, to preserve our beliefs and history. This wisdom has enabled researchers and genealogists to understand the miraculous events that have occurred in the Great Cherokee Nation and our Tribe.

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