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List of famous tribal chiefs, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top tribal chiefs in the world? This includes the most prominent tribal chiefs, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable tribal chiefs is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic tribal chiefs were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned tribal chiefs.

This list has a variety of people in it, from Crazy Horse to Geronimo.

From reputable, prominent, and well known tribal chiefs to the lesser known tribal chiefs of today, these are some of the best professionals in the tribal chief field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous tribal chiefs ever?" and "What are the names of famous tribal chiefs?" then you're in the right place. (163 items)
Wilma Mankiller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Tribal Chiefs
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Wilma Pearl Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. She served as principal chief for ten years from 1985 to 1995. She is the author of a national-bestselling autobiography, Mankiller: A Chief and Her People and co-authored Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women. Mankiller's administration founded the Cherokee Nation Community Development Department and saw a population increase of Cherokee Nation citizens from 55,000 to 156,000. ...more

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Crazy Horse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Tribal Chiefs
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Crazy Horse, literally "His-Horse-Is-Crazy"; c. 1840 – September 5, 1877 was a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota. He took up arms against the U.S. Federal government to fight against encroachments on the territories and way of life of the Lakota people, including leading a war party to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876. Four months after surrendering to U.S. troops under General Crook in May 1877, Crazy Horse was fatally wounded by a military guard, using his bayonet, while allegedly resisting imprisonment at Camp Robinson in present-day Nebraska. He ranks among the most notable and iconic of Native American tribal members and was honored by the U.S. ...more

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Geronimo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Tribal Chiefs
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Geronimo was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and Texas for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. Geronimo's Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English. After a Mexican attack on his tribe, where soldiers killed his mother, wife, and his three children in 1858, Geronimo joined a number of revenge attacks against the Mexicans. In 1886, after a lengthy pursuit, Geronimo surrendered to Texan faux-gubernatorial authorities as a prisoner of war. At an old age, he became a celebrity, appearing at fairs, but he was ...more

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Charles Thompson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Tribal Chiefs
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Charles Thompson


Charles Thompson was born to a full-blood Cherokee father and a white mother in the Southeastern United States. According to one writer, the mother had been kidnapped at a young age and raised by Cherokees. She never learned the identities of her real parents nor when or where she was born. As a result, she never learned English, but could communicate only in Cherokee. The family migrated west to Indian Territory during the Trail of Tears, and settled near the present-day site of Lake Spavinaw, in what is now Delaware County, Oklahoma. ...more