About the Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians
The Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians is a non-recognized tribal entity. The fiscal arm of the Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians is the Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization authorized to do business in the State of Florida. We trace our ancestry to the original Cherokee nation that was in continuous existence until the Trail of Tears. Even though Florida was never the original home of the once great Cherokee nation of pre-colonial times, the history of the Cherokees in Florida is nevertheless long and colorful with many in our Tribe having family history showing where their ancestors came to Florida during various wars and/or to flee from the infamous Trail of Tears or other acts of coercion and persecution initiated by the United States government.
There are no requirements for a CDIB card, blood quantum, residency or a specific base roll. So long as you can prove, by pedigree, that you are Cherokee, and these statements of fact can be verified by our genealogy office through verifiable Cherokee rolls, censuses of the Cherokee Indians, and other US government sources, then you will be accepted into the Tribe as a welcomed member of the family.
The leadership of the Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians is comprised of a Principal Chief, Vice Chief, and Council Members who hold regular meetings in Milton, Florida. No officer of the Tribe receives any payment or compensation for their services. All donations to the Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians are tax-deductable. For more information, please contact us at:
FLORIDA TRIBE OF CHEROKEE INDIANSc/o Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians, Inc.
Post Office Box 263
Milton, Florida 32572-0263
Ken Johnson (Soaring Eagle)Principal Chief
Ken Johnson is a 6th generation native of Florida with portions of his Cherokee family tree primarily hailing from Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He started college at age 16. Presently, he holds an A.A. from Pensacola Junior College, a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of West Florida, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Saint Leo University. He has served on, and even chaired, various advisory panels and committees for state and local governments in Florida and is highly involved in local and state political activities. For his political and charitable works, Ken was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel and is a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. At 37 years of age, Ken presently serves as the Principal Chief of the Tribe.
His interests include Restorative Justice/Community Justice, Cherokee history, American history, Civil War history, study of foreign cultures/religions, Cherokee and ethnic cooking, genealogy, politics, cultivation of heirloom crops of the Cherokee, cultivation of ethnobotanical medicinals of the Cherokee, wildcrafting, conservation, hunting, fishing, writing, playing the American flute, and fine/folk art (i.e., painting, Cherokee handcrafts, and other types of art).
Ricky Dean Wallace, Sr. (Swimming Bear)
Ricky Dean Wallace, Sr. presently serves as our Vice Chief. Ricky is a 47 year old. He was born and grew up in Pensacola, Florida until he moved to Milton, Florida in 1984. Ricky served 5 years in the United States Army. Stationed at Ft Carson Colorado, 2cd sqdn, 7th United States Calvary, he achieved the rank of Sergeant and after being homesick for Santa Rosa County moved home. Ricky worked in the construction industry primarily until his retirement in 2004. Ricky married his childhood sweetheart in 1982 and has been blessed with 4 children consisting of 2 boys and 2 girls. His family is still growing. They now have a wonderful daughter-in-law, a good son-in-law, and a very energetic granddaughter.
The Florida Tribe of Cherokee Indians, Inc. is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services as Registration #CH29301. Pursuant to Florida Statute 496: “A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.”