I received this email from the SCNK new chief, formerly the vice chief. The old one stepped down...I'll let his email describe it.
Bolding is mine.
Osiyo ani oginali.
This letter is to introduce ourselves to the NAFPS and to learn from your site all that we can to further our cultural journey. You may not be aware, but there has been great turmoil within what WAS the Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky. Though the name, Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky does still exist, it was brought to real life on March 26th of 2012. More than half the original citizenry has determined that the former “Nation” was full of too many questionable habits and decided to move our Nation forward with honesty, dignity, transparency, and a zeal to learn, grow, and perpetuate our culture and heritage.
The former Principal Chief, Michael Manfox Buley did, of his own accord, send a letter of resignation to the entire leadership of the SCNofKY and the Council voted to accept his resignation. I, being the Vice-Chief, and by virtue of our constitution, did ascend to the position of Principal Chief and will remain in this position until such time as a formal election can be held.
As stated previously, the SCNKY “came to real life” on March 26th, 2012 when we filed for status as a non profit Corporation as the Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky, Inc. Our purpose is the education of our people in “traditional” Cherokee culture, the education of the average citizens of Kentucky and everywhere that Native Americans are still very much alive, and the continuation of our rich heritage. Though, as the former citizens of the Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky, we lay claim to all that our heritage has brought to us and that which we deserve, we are also realistic in our expectations. We will strive to live in harmony with ALL Native American entities, especially Cherokee and seek nothing other than what our heritage allows.
Dave “Stands With His People” Fallis, Principal Chief
Southern Cherokee Nation of Kentucky, Inc.