CHOWANOKE INDIAN NATION

Chowanoke Indian Nation Tribal Court


The Chowanoke Indian Nation is proud to announce the formation of its own Tribal Court System. As a nation of people, it is important that we have the capacity to resolve internal disputes.

With the help of Judge John Fletcher Freeman, we are well on our way to completing that initiative.

Our tribal members will be able to bring their concerns or grievances to our arbitration panel and upon appealing any dispute, or action, have it resolved by our Tribal Judge.

Judge Freeman is a lineal descendant of John and Tabitha Freeman who lived in Chowan Indian Town circa 1730-1754. 

He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned a BA in Accounting and Finance. He then went on to earn a Juris doctorate at SMU Law School and became licensed as both an Attorney, and a Certified Public                                                                                                        

                                                                                         
JUDGE JOHN FLETCHER FREEMAN


 Accountant. He was later elected as a Justice of the Peace, and presided over a Small Claims Court and performed the duties of a Magistrate for 22 years. 

He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court, The Texas Supreme Court, and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Judge Freeman will be a great asset to our people, and our community.





           Tribal Leadership recently met with NC SENATOR  ERICA SMITH-INGRAM to discuss      
                                      tribal initiatives and community activities.





 
  CHOWANOKE INDIAN NATION TRIBAL MEMBERS WITH STATE REPRESENTATIVE BOB STEINBURG




          CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS                    REP BOB STEINBURG           MARCUS ROBBINS

Tribal members meet with Representative Bob Steinburg in Raleigh, NC to discuss pending legislation. State Representative Steinburg has been a good friend to the tribe. The Chowanoke Indian Nation currently has the support of numerous US, State, County, and local officials as we strive  towards re-establishing our nation to nation relationship with both the State of North Carolina, and the United States Government.





Tribal Member Douglas Patterson met with the Chairman of the Paiute Tribe, learned about their history, and toured the reservation. It was a great experience. He learned about the structure of their tribal court system and gained better insight on the Federal Recognition process.






CHIEF THOMAS LEWIS OF THE CHOWANOKE INDIAN NATION WAS REQUESTED      TO PRESIDE AS AREA DIRECTOR AT THE MOUNT TRASHMORE PARK IN                         VIRGINA BEACH. OVER 12,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED!!!!!!!!