Check on the "Becoming a Member" Webpage for our current application. To learn more about our State or International Clans visit the "The UCN Clans" Webpages.



"We have been told by a voice to remember our Tsalagi (Cherokee) ancestors, to pass on their ways, so they can't be forgotten. To help and serve one another for everyone's benefit. The less arguing, fighting, and grudges we hold the sooner our lives, our communities, and our world will be a better place to live". Our history is different than those whose ancestors were removed. Remember the Treaty of New Echota and the selling of our Tribal lands. We seek unity now for all Tribes, Nations and Bands of Tsalagi (Cherokee), we united together are the Ani-Yun'wi'ya, the Principal People, apart we are but lost. Remember we are the "Keepers of the Sacred Fire". Remembering this is a moral obligation to our future generations.

Our goals are specific; to gather all those who claim the right to be recognized as Tsalagi (Cherokee) , under one tribal membership organization. We will teach our children and grandchildren to appreciate the sacrifices of our ancestors, to respect their many hardships and to learn and teach our history, language and culture to the future generations before it is lost forever.

With your help, The United Cherokee Nation (UCN) will become the largest Tsalagi (Cherokee) tribal membership organization in the world. We invite you to be a part of our future as we continue with "THE GATHERING".

Now is the time for "THE GATHERING"

Interested in Joining? Fulfill your destiny!

If you have one drop of Tsalagi (Cherokee) blood and feel a need to join with your family; I invite you to fill out your application for membership and join with us today in, "THE GATHERING". Become a part of the future of The United Cherokee Nation (UCN). Do this for your children and your grandchildren. "We Will Not Forget" those ancestor's that came before us.

We are now an International Tribal Membership Organization and welcome all those of Tsalagi (Cherokee) blood to join with us no matter where you live on "Mother Earth".


Stone Bear

Nvya Yona

O'siyo (Hello) to all, I am called Stone Bear; As I pass through my Eleventh Anniversary of being named National / Principal Chief, I again renew my pledge to you. I accept this great responsibility as your Chief with humble respect. My word to you is, "I will continue to give my best for the good of all of the people".

As we continue to grow, I urge each of you to be an Ambassador for our organization and to continue to meet and "Gather the Lost Tsalagi". These times are changing and we do need to remember the old ways and to honor our ancestors.

Please pray for me, our Elders and Tribal Council so that we may hear the voice of the Creator and do his will, for the best of all of the people. Wado (Thank You), to all of my brothers and sisters who have joined in this massive effort to gather the Lost Tsalagi (Cherokee) into One International Tribal Membership Organization. Some of you I already have met or spoken with, in the future I look forward to meeting and talking with each member of The United Cherokee Nation (UCN). Until we see each other (or meet) again  (do-`da-ga-g`hv-i) !

Attention any  State Social Services Agencies or workers.

We are not a Federal Tribe and we do not provide any social services to children. For the  ICW Act, please do  not send registered letters requesting our Organization to take charge of children involved in adoption procedures through your services or court systems. Please contact the appropriate Federal Tribe.


Chief's Messages'


Wado, for our dues paying members and welcome to the new members for 2016.



As of March 21, 2015 we have a new National Office and National Secretary, we will notify the potential new members by email, and our membership application is now posted. Presently new applications are being accepted.

I am traveling and will renew the ID Cards through Chief Raven.

 Members may pay your yearly dues, due by December 31 each year, online by PayPal or by mail to;

The UCN National Office
I am thankful that Chief Raven has stepped up to help me.

Wado for your patience. SB


Is The United Cherokee Nation a Tribe?

The short answer is No.

The UCN remains a Tribal Membership Organization, mostly made up of those Tsalagi that cannot join a Federal Tribe, yes we do have some members of the 3 Federal Tribes that believe in our mission. Do not be fooled by others that promise you anything more than this. Do not believe that by joining an internet based group that you are in an Indian Tribe. Do not believe that by joining a 501c3 that you are a member of an Indian Tribe. Since 1978, 324 groups have stated their intent to apply for tribal acknowledgment through the OFA's administrative process. As of Feb. 15, 2007, in nearly 20 years only 81 of these groups had submitted completed applications. Out of these 81 groups, there were only 16 acknowledged as tribes, 24 had been denied tribal designation and the rest remained in various stages of consideration and negotiation. So only 5% of those that had promised their members that one day they will be in a Federal Tribe and get Government recognition and benefits were approved, the rest remain in limbo, disapproved or now out of business or gone, many new “tribes” pop up daily to take their place, none will ever qualify.

Even though we are of Cherokee Blood and heritage, we as individuals do not qualify for membership in one of the 3 Federally recognized tribes. The UCN does not meet the Federal requirements for tribal status, never will. Our ancestor’s for one reason or another were not or did not register on one of the various rolls or took some allotment of land or money to remove themselves from the Tribal Reservation lands. Many were taken as children and adopted by others and did not have any way to establish their Native identity. That does not make us less Cherokee, it just makes us not in a Federal Tribe. Our Tribal Membership Organization is “Gathering” our people together into a ( Club, Historical Society, Culture Group ) whichever name you wish to use, but not a Tribe. We pay yearly dues to support the National Organization and the various State Clans, we are not organized like the Traditional Family Clans, we are organized like the State and US Government. The Principal Chief is the President / CEO. We are not or will not be a 501c3, we will not promise you that we are a tribe, we are a Gathering of people with common Tsalagi ancestry and our goals are to Gather our people and Stand as One.         Wado,  SB


What is a Tribe?

The US Government has strict requirements for tribal status.

Criteria for recognition as an Indian tribe: Under the law, a community petitioning the government for recognition as a federally acknowledged Indian tribe must be able to meet all seven of the following criteria:

  • Criterion 83.7(a) requires that external observers have identified the petitioner as an American Indian entity on a substantially continuous basis since 1900.
  • Criterion 83.7(b) requires that a predominant portion of the petitioning group has comprised a distinct community since historical times.
  • Criterion 83.7(c) requires that the petitioning group has maintained political influence over its members as an autonomous entity since historical times.
  • Criterion 83.7(d) requires that the petitioner provide a copy of its governing document.
  • Criterion 83.7(e) requires that a petitioner's members descend from a historical Indian tribe.
  • Criterion 83.7(f) requires that the petitioner's membership be composed principally of persons who are not members of another Federally recognized Indian tribe.
  • Criterion 83.7(g) requires that the petitioner not be subject to legislation forbidding the Federal relationship.


Contact Information;  

The UCN National Office
C/O Chief Raven Berlowitz
5215 North 38th. Street
Omaha, NE 68111


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