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Foreword by Tsiysa Sagonigei (Cherokee: Blueotter) known to the L.D.S. Church as Elder-of-record William S. Anderson, Tribe of Benjamin, and LDS self-convert in 1977 at age 22. Earned a Bachelor's degree in Youth Leadership from B.Y.U., Class of 1979. Executive with the Boy Scouts of America between 1979 and 1981. Former early morning Seminary Instructor at the center stake of Zion in Independence, Missouri in 1982-3. Graduate of The LDS Church Education System's Professional Teacher Development Program in 1984. I chose not to teach released time seminary as a full time professional, because the behavior of LDS youth at Murray High School in 1984 was just as atrocious as the pre-delinquent youths I taught at Father Flanagan's Boystown near Omaha, Nebraska as a Family Living Instructor between 1981-2.

"Our hope lies with the Indians" and "The Indians will yet save us," and "When they come, I fear that we will only follow them." Brigham Young

The Church under Condemnation - Treated Lightly the Book of Mormon President Ezra Taft Benson

"My beloved brethren and sisters, for some years now I have been deeply concerned that we are not using the Book of Mormon as God intends. As I participated in the Mexico City Temple dedication, I received the distinct impression that God is not pleased with our neglect of the Book of Mormon. In the eighty-fourth section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord decreed that the whole Church was under condemnation, even all the children of Zion, because of the way they treated the Book of Mormon. "And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent," said the Lord, "and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon" (D&C 84:57). Zion cannot fully arise and put on her beautiful garments if she is under this condemnation. (See D&C 82:14). 

Condemnation Upon the LDS People Has Never Been Lifted

In the year 1832, just two years after the time when the LDS Church was established, a scourge and condemnation was placed upon the current LDS people for their disobedience to the Lord. This curse and pending judgement has never been lifted:

"And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received— Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written— That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father's kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion. For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay." (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 84:54 _ 59)

The church was not even three years old when in January, 1833, it became necessary for the Nauvoo High Council to issue a solemn epistle of warning from the Prophet Joseph to the wayward Saints, regarding their poor attitude toward the restored gospel, and of the great danger of the Church losing its promises:

"There is one clause in Brother Joseph’s letter which you may not understand; that is this: If the people in Zion did not repent, the Lord will seek another place, and ANOTHER PEOPLE.’ Zion is the place where the temple will be built, and the people gathered, but all the people upon that Holy Land being under condemnation, the Lord will cut them off, if they repent not, and bring ANOTHER RACE upon it that will serve Him. The Lord will seek another place to bring forth and prepare His word to go forth to the nations." History of the Church, 1:320

Joseph Smith and the church's twelve apostles also stated in a Proclamation to all of the Emperors, Kings, Princes, and heads of state in the world at the time that "The poor degraded son of the forest "(Indians) would someday "Stand up in majesty."

Joseph Smith, who founded the LDS and RLDS churches, told the Latter-day Saints they were "identified with the Gentiles."

The title page of 1830 Book of Mormon specifically categorizes the people of the world into three categories, the Lamanites (American Indians), Jews, and Gentiles. Although Joseph Smith and others who established the church are members of the House of Israel, and the church has members of that lineage today, known as the descendants of Ephraim, the present LDS church is referred to in the scriptures as the Gentiles, as Gentiles make up the primary membership of the church today.

Joseph Smith also affirmed the distinction in his dedicatory prayer (Doctrine and Covenants 109, verse 60) of the Kirtland Temple: “, who are identified with the Gentiles.” This is a very important delineation necessary for interpreting the Book of Mormon prophecies such as 3 Nephi, Chapter 16.


Brigham Young, who succeeded Joseph Smith warned the Mormons that "Our hope lies with the Indians" and "The Indians will yet save us," and "When they come, I fear that we will only follow them."  Brigham Young at the Provo, Utah Bowery Conference in 1867 Brethren, this Church will be led onto the very brink of hell by the leaders of this people. Then God will raise the one mighty and strong spoken of in the 85th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants, to save and redeem this church.

Are Mormons "Israel?"

The "Lost Tribes" of Israel migrated to Northern Europe after their apostasy from the Sinai Covenant 2730 years ago as of October, 2008, when the "decree" against them, as prophecied by Ezekiel, was lifted.

Most of the Tribe of Benjamin previously escaped  because of the wrath of the other 11 tribes in the incident of the rape of a Hebrew woman by non-Hebrews  -- which Benjamin steadfastly refused to avenge because of friendship and commercial ties with the rapist's tribal relatives. According to Rabbi Michael Shelomo Bar-Ron, 1/2 of Benjamites left on Phoenician boats...  and traveled to Scandinavia, The British Isles and to a smaller extent elsewhere in Europe. Except for a remnant of Benjamite men, 600 men from one village - all Benjamites who stayed in Israel were put to death by the other 11 tribes. The first 2 Kings of Israel descended from some of these 600 men.

Regardless of all this ancient apostasy, Lost Israel (among them Mormons) may ethically, under current rabbinical "Halacha" may lay claim to tribal identity as members of the Tribes of Israel through their biological fathers, but lack Sinai covenental recognition from God through their biological mothers.

Mormons were the first non-Jewish group to lay claim to being "Lost Israel," fulfilling long-held Hebrews Prophecies.

Today, there is a movement among other non-Jewish Christians who are keenly aware of this fact, which call themselves "Joes" as opposed to "Jews."

In the Book of Mormon, a resurrected Jesus Christ leveled prophetic charges of FUTURE iniquity among members of his L.D.S. church in the last days -- prophesying in these words:

"At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel...and shall be filled with all manner of lying, and of deceit, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations..." (3 Nephi 16:10) 

Now, let's proceed with Principal Chief Charles L. "Jaht-lo-hi" (Kingfisher) Rogers' presentation of "The Lost Mormon Treasure."


Book of Mormon Believers, we invite you to take Brigham Young's advice and "...become identified with the Lamanites". Just as Father Abraham tent flap was always left open in case a stranger walked by and he welcomed all, and just as Ancient Israel did from the time of King David down to this day, we as Cherokee have always adopt God-fearing "strangers" into a special priestly clan, The AniKilohi, or "People Like Unto Lehi" and we treat them like family.

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"The Lost Mormon Treasure." by Principal Chief Charles L. "Jaht-lo-hi" (Kingfisher) Roger's

In 1843, Joseph Smith wrote in Times and Seasons, a Mormon publication; below is an accurate extraction:

“Through the medium of your paper, I wish to correct an error among men. . . . The error I speak of is the definition of the word "MORMON." It has been stated that this word was derived from the Greek morme. This is not the case. There was no Greek or Latin upon the plates from which I, through the grace of God, translated the Book of Mormon. Let the language of that book speak for itself. On the 523d page of the fourth edition it reads: "And now behold we have written this record according to our knowledge in the characters which are called among us the Reformed Egyptian, being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech; and if our plates had been sufficiently large, we should have written in Hebrew, but the Hebrew hath been altered by us, also; and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold ye would have had no imperfection in our record, but the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also, that none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath Mormon stands independent of the learning and wisdom of this generation.

Before I give a definition, however, to the word, let me say that the Bible in its prepared means for the interpretation thereof." Here then the subject is put to silence, for "none other people knoweth our language," therefore the Lord, and not man, had to interpret, after the people were all dead. . . . I may safely say that the word's widest sense means good."

A Mormon Treasure Revealed

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Mayan carving showing Turban with blond mustache & freckled cheekbones supporting Mayan legends of a people who came from the East who worshiped but one God.

"That none other people knoweth our language", Joseph Smith was correct, for only the descendants of Nephi's family with his Hebrew followers, and Laman's family with their Hebrew followers, and the Native American (ancestors of the Cherokee) racial admixture, which joined or intermarried with the followers of Laman, the "CHA LA'AN GEE", which means, "THE PEOPLE OF THE HIGH MOUNTAIN VALLEY,WHO WERE LEAD BY GOD'S SHEPHERD, FROM THE TABERNACLE OF THE CAVE IN THE ROCK ON HIGH") knew that language that Joseph Smith translated. Then, in time, with their spiritual growth from the Ancient Word of God and its priest educational system, they became, long after Laman's death, the "CHA RA GEE" which means, THE PEOPLE OF THE HIGH MOUNTAIN VALLEY, WHO WERE THE PEOPLE SHEPHERDED BY GOD FROM THE TABERNACLE OF THE CAVE ON HIGH, would also know "our language". Nephi's language typically was the Hebrew and Egyptian mix of their times, and Laman's language was the same mix of Hebrew and Egyptian, which was at first adapted as a religious language of the Cherokee and then became a part of their general language, even to the point that they described themselves to outsiders, (for example, Mormon, Baptist, etc.) as "Cha la'an gee", which refers to them as being followers of La'an or, in English, Laman, just as Mormons are followers of Mormon. Cha la'an gee is the name of a religious category only, and serves as proof that the ancestors of the R speaking Cherokees were the people who merged with the followers of Laman as we became identified by his name as proof of Laman's involvement with the ancestors of the Cherokee. Joseph Smith was also correct that, after "all of the people were dead", the Lord would be the only source for any meaning of what Mormon means. “The Lamanites” is not the pure name or phrase that is Hebrew (with Egyptian roots, as that was normal and typical of Hebrew speech of 2,600 years ago, who had been living in Egypt) but the admixture of Native American people and the descendants of the reformed admixture tribe of Laman, are not dead.

The Actual Meaning of the Word Mormon

The Cherokee R language (Hebrew) speakers are the Native Americans who have been, beyond any reasonable question, empirically documented as speaking Hebrew and are not all dead, yet. Yes, we are a minority among Cherokee, but because we had never been captured, we still know what is true, as do the elders of the Kit tu wah Cherokees who last had possession of the ark. Among the general Cherokee populations who lost the religion of the R (Hebrew) speakers, except for very rare family stories, they only know what the government and western European Christianity has taught them, and 95% of that is from other tribal animal-based deity religions or influences. We believe we have the same Hebrew roots as Mormons, because we understand what your names mean and how they are pronounced, and we have physical evidence to prove such. We know our stories are factual and have been independently documented for over 340 years. We have heard of the Mormon history, of a Hebrew people who came to the Americas; it is true and we have the evidence, which is their Hebrew language itself. We believe that this is also true: that a shared ancient Mormon treasure has been found, which is "THE ACTUAL MEANING OF THE WORD MORMON" , with the revealing of hundreds of pages of ancient Hebrew/Cherokee documentation by The Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah, with a church which practices the ancient Hebrew religion of the God of Abraham Yo he waah. Our proof is that we have the English writing, which is several hundreds of years old itself, of five different English authors who did not know each other but did live with the remaining Cherokee who still spoke the religious Hebrew language with an R in it , which is no longer spoken by today's United States captured Cherokees.

Our scrolls were written by the actual non-Cherokee witnesses that experienced the actual ancient religious ceremonies brought from Judea, with ancient Hebrew from before the time of Christ. These authors of the hand written manuscripts saw the actual religion of the Hebrews practiced in America from 1690 to 1825; they heard and transcribed by hand this proof of the Mormon connection to the Hebrew people from the ancient times, when they first came to the Americas. We Cherokees are the proof that Hebrews came from the salt water to us, as the Hebrew words for that very phrase still exist, even in today's Cherokee language, along with many, many other Hebrew words. These precious manuscripts, authored by five different English speaking people, are now guarded and secure in several famous American libraries.

Treasure Shared

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Mayan carving showing man in a turban & beard with a non-Mayan nose.

After 2,600 years, the most precious lost possession and physical proof of the existence of the ancient Hebrews who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and came to the Americas has been rediscovered, and (properly, in light of its Hebrew in Cherokee usage) translated: not by the Mormons, who have the best language experts in America, even though all Mormons are the rightful, original co-owners of this great treasure. It was discovered by those who the Mormons stereotypically would call the "Lamanites", for our actual identity is the Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah.

It is important that I explain who we are and what we call ourselves, so that you will understand how we know what your noble "Mormon" name means. Our common modern name in English is the word Cherokee; the correct modern pronunciation is CHA LA GEE, which in ancient times was Cha la'an gee, which means in Cherokee and Hebrew, the people of a high valley who were led by La'an, God's shepherd (Laman), who worshiped in the tabernacle high in the middle of the mountain. To break down this ancient name "cha la'an gee", the Cha syllable in our name is Hebrew and Cherokee (yet it is also found in Indo-European Hittite, from the Middle East) and is the first syllable for the word Cha-pel or in English "chapel"; however, Cha in Cherokee, Mayan, and Hebrew means a tabernacle in an opening or cleft in a high rock or cave, where a tabernacle or chapel is constructed to be hidden, identical to the ways of ancient tribes of Israel and Judea. The middle syllable is "La'an", (pronounced lawn), which a Mormon would pronounce as Laman in English; however, when the Hebrew name was first taught to us, as being the Hebrew Lam'an, we had no "M" sound in our Cherokee language, so we dropped it, thus our pronunciation was La'an. The name in Hebrew means God's Shepherd. The last syllable, "GEE", in our name is Cherokee, Hebrew and Guaymi (a neighboring tribe from the area where the Hebrews and Cherokees merged one tribe with the other); all of these peoples use the word GEE for valley, specifically a high valley.

Treasure Almost Lost

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An 1839 painting showing Mexican Cherokees at leisure.

The modern Cherokee word for ourselves is Cha la gee, and an American Cherokee will tell you that it means people of the caves and ridges and mountains, and that it comes from another language; they assume it comes from Choctaw, however the Choctaw learned who we were from us, as we brought the ancient Hebrew religion to them, and they too were recorded in the middle 1700's worshiping in Hebrew. They possessed about thirty percent of the Hebrew we utilized in our religious services. The (Hebrew) "R" speaking Cherokees' descendants are scattered in the southern United States, and mostly between Texas and the narrowest point in Panama, where the two oceans almost touch. In 1720, twenty-five percent of our people left in exodus from the United States; these were those Cherokees who had an "R" in their language and Hebrew throughout their religion. They called themselves "Cha ra gee"; the "Ra" syllable in their name did not mean La'an (Laman), the Shepherd of God, as the original Cherokee/Hebrew "Cha la'an gee" the tribe lead by La'an or Laman called themselves, because they had naturally changed their name after his death.

Under the tutelage of the Hebrew Priests of the tribe of Laman, this racial admixture tribe evolved properly in compliance with the teachings God, as these were well-taught Hebrew Priest families, and as they were following the most ancient instructions from the Hebrew God, Yo He Waah, given directly to the first priest families which were the Cherokee/Hebrew priest class operational in the Americas, and were known as the "Ani Kutani" (priests for the people who came to tabernacle) with "kuta" which is found in Egyptian and Hebrew and used in Cherokee, but, originally was a word adopted by the Hebrews along with hundreds of other Egyptian words (including the Egyptian word Moses) from their time in Egypt. The Ku ta, or in ancient Hebrew/Egyptian, is Ta ku, is a special undergarment worn so that strict physical modesty was present always in the worship and presence of Yo he waah. The "Ra" middle syllable replaced the original La'an middle syllable, as this was the correct transition in compliance with Hebrew/Jewish structure.

The modern Cherokee, who do not speak any words with R in them, are generally descended from those people who were from the northern three quarters of the population area and are the Cherokees who did not fully practice the ancient religion of the Hebrews. We were like most complex societies, with various religions coming and going with immigration surges from the coastal Native American people first ravaged by the plagues of European diseases in the 1500’s. However, the majority of these Hebrew admixture descendants, being the R speakers, were devout religious practitioners of the ancient Hebrew faith. About 5,000 people from the tribe of La'an, the Cha ra gee, left their fellow Cherokees, Cha la gee, and went on exodus, leaving those who practiced the new religion of animal-deity worship, with its images and idolatry, and the approaching Europeans from the east. Ra, the middle syllable in their name, meant those "Shepherded by God", as the "R" speakers, of the Cherokee were the speakers of the ancient Hebrew religion, the same religion that the Cha La'an Gee of 2,600 BC practiced. These are the Cherokees who spoke Hebrew in their religious services. They saw the conflict coming with Western European Christianity and left, not unlike the Mormons. This is the main reason why the Mormon language researchers did not discover that the actual Lamanites are still among them, and we know who Laman was and still is to us: a man of acceptance of his fellow man of a different race.

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The natural beauty of Coahuila has always attracted Native Americans.

This exodus of 1720 is 100 years before the Mormon revelations that were recorded by Joseph Smith; by that time the Cha ra gee, "R" speakers of the ancient Hebrew religion, were strung out over 2,000 miles, for as people got old, we would, family by family, cease exodus and stay in a place until the elders went on to be with Yo he waah; then we would move on. 

Sequoyah read a letter (which arrived in The Cherokee Nation that is known today as the THE WAHNENAUHIMANUSCRIPT)  from Lake Chapala, Mexico where some of the families had stopped for a few years, confirming that these "R" Hebrew speakers were still in exodus; they had gone on to the south, where the first word of the Hebrew God of Abraham was given to us. This southern exodus was not over mountains; you don't cross mountains when you are going south, you travel the same direction that the mountains are running. Our people were like the Mormons; they went away from European Christianity because of its incompatibility with our chosen religions.

These Cherokees, the Cha ra gee, seeking to be closer to the word of God and the earth of God, went back to from where they came, where the two oceans nearly meet, in the valley of the mountains of the moon, where the word of Yo hee waah, the God of Abraham, was brought to them from on high, in this alpine-climate valley, by the people who came from the salt water with the word of God which in Cherokee/Hebrew is "Mo resh mon", which means "Mo" (from the saltwater) "Resh" (a leader of man came) "Mon"(and a multitude cried out for his leadership); the English pronunciation of this word is Mormon. However, the Hebrews who first stepped off the boat on to the shores of the Americas would not know, when you said you were a Mormon, exactly what you were saying, because the key to how it is pronounced and more importantly its noble meaning, the key is in the Cherokee/Hebrew/Egyptian language. The reason that the Cherokee language is important is that, due to our conversion to their Hebrew religion, we absorbed these Hebrew words and phrases into our language because it describes what we saw and what we learned as we changed and grew into becoming "the principal people". We developed the usage of not only "R” but the "M" sound also. Moroni, for example, in our language is "Mo resh oni". What it means is broken down here for you to understand: specifically, the first syllable "Mo" means "from the salt water" in Cherokee, and just "water" from Hebrew via Egyptian, (as in fresh water), just as the name Moses is a reference to water. We Cherokees were describing what we saw. The second syllable "Resh" means "a leader of man", from ancient Hebrew originally, and in Cherokee the R sound as is found in Cha ra gee, after our mutual integration of tribes. The third syllable "Oni" means, in Cherokee "from a time ancient, came forth", and in Hebrew (who got such word/syllable from the Egyptians) means "came forth, a gift". So Hebrew, Egyptian, and Cherokee all have the same meanings for these words that are from the ancient people of renown who crossed the salt water and came to the Americas.

It is very important that Mormons be understanding of the importance of these key words, so that they will automatically become more compassionate toward Joseph Smith, and understand the reason why Mr. Joseph Smith had problems in 1843 in explaining what these names "Mormon" and "Moroni" actually meant. It is not difficult to understand that words describing the Mormon religion and its early Hebrew priest missionaries, who were establishing a time and place for the Mormon religion, were unclear when translated to English; their names are a mixture of Hebrew/Egyptian and, as we were taught by the priests of the tribe of La'an (Laman) to our Native American ancestors, the "R" speaking Cherokee/Hebrew "Principle People". I believe we are the key to understanding these august names. We very much respect Joseph Smith's honesty by not making up something. There was no way for him to know the exact meaning of Mormon or Moroni, as it may not have been spoken audibly to him; there is no way he could have known, for he stated that he copied his revelations from written material.

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Mr. Ridge was very typical of Cherokees with European admixture.

As an outsider, a non-Mormon, I rationally believe him, as it makes perfect sense that he did not know how to pronounce such names and know their exact meaning; that would, of course, be only normal, correct common sense. To any reader of any material, the unexplained foreign word continues to be unexplained, other than it is a name. It was and would have still been completely obscured from anyone, unless they were from those people who had learned, directly from our experience of knowing the same Hebrew priests who came to the Americas, as we Native Americans did not go to Judea. Our ancestors' experience gives us the comparison of our languages, which is necessary to understand who they were and where they came from. If Joseph Smith had spoken this rare admixture of Hebrew, Egyptian, and Cherokee, he would have known how to explain to the Mormon people what the name Mormon meant and what the name Moroni meant (not to be confused with what they both did, which Joseph Smith had explained), but simply what their names mean, and more importantly how we know this. While I have never read the book of Mormon, I did read an explanation by Joseph Smith in a Mormon magazine printed in 1843, and his anguish in being unsuccessful in trying to explain to the Mormons the meaning Mormon, of "mo resh mon", and Moroni, "mo resh oni", is apparent. This anguish is seen when Joseph Smith wrote in Times and Seasons, a Mormon publication in 1843. Joseph Smith's absolute sincere frustration is very evident, but, to me it is an indicator of his honesty. For under such immense pressure of how his difficulty to explain looks improper, combined with the outside world's criticism of the entire Mormon religion, the average person would have made up something obscure or popular and he did not do that; he instead chose to stand by what he had read.

Joseph Smith Was Honest

You of the Mormon faith who are reading this should admire Joseph Smith for not caving in to immense public pressure from within and without the Mormon kingdom, and he is right in saying that it would not be known in his generation what these words meant, for there was no way to know until now. This is not only Cherokee property, as we are the descendants of those Cherokees who were of the combined tribe of La'an, or as you would say Lamanites. Truly, I believe this present day revealing to Mormons is something we have known from the beginning. It is intended as an act of friendship that we return to you any knowledge we have about you. I cannot speak as to why Joseph Smith said that his generation would not know, but he was correct. And now you are the Mormon generation who does know what the words mean; you are among the first of all Mormons to understand what the actual translation of these noble names mean.

What you believe or wish to do with this information is your private affair. I personally felt sorry for Joseph Smith who was finally bewildered by how it looked, but I also was impressed by his solidness when extremely embarrassed and frustrated at not having the answers to what was obviously not going to be answered in his time, or as he said "in their generation". Mr. Smith was obviously aware that an explanation was beyond his ability for some reason, and this did not shake his faith in the work that he had done; he was bothered, but not in doubt about his faith. Showing an awkward response which is an absolute sign that a man is living up to his responsibility of due diligence within the truthful parameters that he had to follow, Joseph Smith said (even though it made him look less knowledgeable) that Mormons were not to worry--that the names meant something good. And we Cherokees who practice the ancient religion of Yo hee wah agree; it does mean something good, something very good.

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Many Mayan carvings suggest racial mixtures.

Mr. Joseph Smith was correct, Mormon means (as it has to be read backwards, because it's Hebrew) "a multitude of people cry out for a leader of man to come from the saltwater to us), and Moroni means (remember, we have to read this from right to left) "a gift to us from a long time ago came a leader of man from the salt water". For our readers general information, I would like to explain what our Cherokee name for ourselves is--that name we call ourselves when we are among ourselves is "the principal people", which in Cherokee is "ani yun wi yah", and as we believe we were created by God, Yo he waah, "the principal people" becomes "the chosen people", which is the name of the people of renown who came from the saltwater speaking Hebrew and bringing the word of God.

Joseph Smith was right, it is very good. We thank God for La'an and the word of God that he brought to us, and from his acceptance of us we reciprocated, and together our peoples went forth into the future, as human beings bound to each other by our belief in Yo he wah. We taught many other tribes the ancient words of God and many still have in their language words of Hebrew/Egyptian and even Cherokee words. The Guaymi word for church is a Cherokee word, Ka tu wah, and the word koin (pronounced Cohen) in Guaymi has three meanings-- sacred food, sacred person, and heaven. There are many, many Native American tribes with the remnants of their contact with the Cherokees, as we are "the Principle People", the main vein of the Hebrew language speakers in the Native Americans. We have publications going back to the 1600's with Hebrew that had not been spoken in its ancient form anywhere else since 500 BC.

That the Cherokees spoke Hebrew is documented by non-Cherokee authors who happened to be present during their religious worship services is an unimpeachable fact. The most thorough of the English writers to have witnessed the Cherokee and their extensive use of Hebrew, was an Englishman named Adair. In the early 1700s, he lived among the Cherokee for 35 years and wrote hundreds of pages of Hebrew usage in the Cherokee religion; this should, in any non-prejudicial consideration, be empirical proof that this could only result from a close association such as that of living within a tribal group of Hebrew speakers. The other fact is that the Hebrew spoken and recorded in 1692-1825 had not existed in usage among Jewish practitioners since before the time of Christ, and therefore had to have come to the Americas, for Native Americans obviously did not go to the Holy Land, where Judaism was practiced. Adair witnessed hundreds of Cherokees praying in Hebrew with formulized worshiping services led by a priest. Even before Adair, there was an Englishman called Beltran; he also wrote of the Cherokees and their use of Hebrew in 1690. After Adair came and wrote a manuscript that was to become a book several hundred pages long, came Mr. Payne, whose manuscript is also hundreds of pages long, even though in 1825 he had been reduced to only having a dozen or so partial-Hebrew speakers available to him.

The Hebrew that is contained in the manuscripts that are in very prominent libraries here in the United States is from a time 600 years before the beginning of the Christian era. In modern Judaism, the name of God is Yo he vah, which they cannot speak, except in very strict situations, and is a sign of their respect for God. However, in ancient Hebrew, the very first Hebrew understanding of the name of God, in the beginning, was "YHWH", the pronunciation of which is unknown in our modern times. After this first most ancient history of contact from God to the chosen people, some 1,500 to 2,500 years later, the ancient Hebrews placed vowels between the consonants, giving us the oldest known pronounceable name of God, which is "Yo He Waah", the word which was in use from 900 BC to 300 BC, where, with the advent of messianic religious competition within the Jewish faith, the name was then changed to protect the original sacred name, Yo he waah, to even more variations like Yahweh, Jehovah, and Elohim. The Cherokees obviously had the Hebrew that was brought from the salt water at approximately that same time, as the Christian Bible does not reference this oldest name but usually uses in its Old Testament the newer, modified name Jehovah.

This Is A Gift to Mormons

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The Cherokee Indian with the knives is at Fort Sill in 1904 when Geronimo was a prisoner there. He is Joe Howard Layton, grandfather of Chief Rogers, son of Mary Price.

The Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah’s reason for the sharing of this hard evidence with people of the Mormon faith is that we feel that Mormons ethically have an ownership interest of this information also. For we Cherokees believe that whatever true is true, and whatever true is from Yo he waah; it is our belief that you should not go to sleep at the end of the day while in possession of property that belongs, even partially, to someone else without notifying them that you have what appears to be their property. Mormons have an historical interest in this joint informational property; at least, in this case, they have a right to hear the truth, as we Cherokees apparently are the only tangible proof of the coming of a Hebrew tribe to the Americas, and we Cherokees and several of the other civilized tribes have an ancient legend of the brothers who divided authority, with one brother and his tribe of followers co-joining our tribe. We are sure that this occurred, because where or how else could we have known ancient Hebrew, 1,200 years older than the first recorded European visit to the Americas? Why would our homeland, the Valley of the Mountains of the Moon, where we became principal people and where the two oceans nearly meet be called by the surrounding Native American tribes by the very same word that is our very same tribal name, with both Hebrew and Cherokee being the same phrase and meaning the same? And why is that place described in the book of Mormon, where a significant battle took place? If that is not the place, and we did not merge tribes with Hebrew speakers, then our name would be strictly a Native American language dialect word or phrase, and yet it is Hebrew and Cherokee. Common sense dictates that we Cherokee did not, by the thousands, learn Hebrew and practice Judaism out of an overactive imagination; we are the principal people who worship Yo hee waah, and we have a documented body of literature that evidences the concrete fact that James Adair and other non-Cherokees witnessed and documented in their hand-written manuscripts. Mr. Adair later, in 1775, printed his in his book.

James Adair was not only aware but awed by the respect given by the Cherokee to the set-apart name of Yo he waah, which they used for prayer or religious song. He said that it was also used in day to day conversation by the Cherokee, as well as the Choctaw and many other Native American tribes.

Common Beliefs of the Principle People (Cherokees)

Adair observed that the Native Americans did practice the ancient Hebrew religion.

James Adair and Mr. Cotton Mather of Boston both wrote extraordinary letters to Europe informing the Royal Society in London, England of the existence in America of a tribe of Indians which “performed circumcision."

Mr. Adair declared in his letter to King George of England, that “the Jewish situation of them not having a homeland can be solved, as there are Jewish Indians who I believe to be a lost tribe of Israel living in the mountains here. Israel should be established here.”

The various Cherokee nations honor the seventh day of each week. Four and seven are sacred numbers to Cherokees (the fourth commandment brought by Moses sanctifies the seventh day).

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The priest house, was built in 6 days for worship on the seventh day, as a CHA kee too wah, a tabernacle in the wilderness.

The Cherokees designed their priest houses for worship so that “their backs are to the east, and faces to the west". This is modeled after "the Jerusalem Copy".

"They do not pay the least perceivable adoration to any images or dead persons; neither to the celestial luminaries, nor evil spirits, nor any created being whatsoever. They are utter strangers to all the gestures practiced by the pagans in their religious rites."

"It is plain that where the Indians have not been corrupted by foreigners, their customs and religious worship are nearly alike; and also that every different tribe, or nation of Indians uses such divine proper names as awesome sounds, such as Yah-Wah-He-to-vah being transpositions of the divine essential name, as the northern Indians often repeat in their religious songs with dances. (The sound of Yah-wah jarred in the ear of Adair’s friend Laudon; he called it Java, in resemblance to the Syriac and Greek method of expressing the tetragrammaton, which Galatinus imposed upon us, calling it Jehovah, as opposed to the original importation of Yohewah.") (Many Cherokees still call their Creator "Yo wa", as non-priests were permitted, by omitting the "he" or the core, being "wisdom of God", but continuing to personally use that name in religious discussions, but using the more formal name "Yo he waah" in formal religious worship. That name in ancient Cherokee times was permitted to be said without that person having the station of a priest, who could say Yo hee wah, whereas the parishioner was restricted out of respect to use Yo wa, which is "Yo" the spirit of the soul of God and "Wa" the love or way of God. An English phrase that might best describe the Cherokee phrase (as it is not a word) is "soul and heart".)

"The Germans among them (merchant traders), frequently say "Yah-yah" as an affirmative; they call them Yah-yah Algeh--"those of the blasphemous speech”, which strongly hints to us that they still retained a glimpse of the third moral command delivered at Sinai."

They "observed a weekly Sabbath" which is the same day which the Jewish religion observed.

They "observed a year of Jubilee.”

They had three cities of refuge. They spoke and sang the phrase "Ha le lu yah" in their religious prayer songs while in dance.

When they went to war, they always carried their "sacred ark" with them.

They rejoiced "at the appearance of the new moon", and to this day, our current year is 5773 identical to the Hebrew faith.

Our Priests wore special undergarments in their religious practices.

We Are the Principle People

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Cherokee Chief John Jolly as depicted by George Catlin

The Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah is descended from a group of Cherokees who followed the inspirational teachings of the great Cherokee educator Sequoyah, who urged Native Americans to leave the eastern United States and go to the western lands of Texas and Mexico seeking freedom, and to find the ancient R speaking Cherokees who were his ancestors, and who originally had lived in Georgia, South Carolina, and parts of Tennessee. In 1720, 5,000 Cherokee R speakers, who practiced the religion of the God of Abraham, Yo He Waah, left what is now the United States. They had to leave 500 plus Cherokee/ Hebrews "R" speakers behind, as families could not be split up, and these were left without sufficient priests to continue the ancient religion; then the northern Cherokee populations which practice several Native American religions came more into power in the vacuum left by the exodus of the majority of priest families. Within 100 years, the group of partial Hebrew speakers was reduced to 15 or so who would admit such publicly.

There are no R speakers in the United States in any Cherokee tribe that was captured by the US government and persuaded to go into the Western European Christian churches; they have but little knowledge of their priceless legacy, as they descended from the Cherokee speakers who mostly did not have the letter R in their language (and Hebrew requires the letter R; you cannot have the word Mormon or in Hebrew, Mo resh Mon, without it.) I find it very similar, the path that both of our people have taken, and I do not demand, but simply wish for your honest and voluntary friendship with us, the people you call the Lamanites, as a gift of heartfelt kindness in return for this information; but it is our responsibility, not yours, to return any ethical property rights of yours to you; you cannot owe us anything.

That is the Cha la'n gee way. I know that we have different views concerning the two brothers, but try to see it from our point of view: La'an accepted us, and his younger brother did not, as is his God given right of free will. One tribe saw us as being unworthy, the other saw us as being worthy. What we Cherokees should be concerned with today, however, is that there have been changes in both of our peoples and Lamanites are readily acceptable in your church. As you can tell, I'm not a Mormon, but neither am I anti-Mormon. I have not read the book of Mormon; I would like to someday, when I get time. Because I am documenting our book and our teachings, I have not had time. But I will say this about Mormons: I've known a great many, from regular members to bishops, and they are an impressive people--wholesome is the best description I have.

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Principle Chief Charles Kingfisher Rogers who is descended from one of the many families that taught stewardship to their boys and girls to be chiefs and Cherokee, (Cha La'an Gee) Priests.

I am currently awaiting a response from the honorable President of the Mormon Church to see if we can begin discussions in order to explore our common religious heritage, with both groups having received the ancient Old Testament word of God. The new Mormon Testament was to come to the Americas through the same bloodline as did the ancient Hebrew religion from those Hebrews who crossed the Atlantic Ocean. I hope to make friends and progress a relationship built upon a common understanding of the background that we share, and both know in our hearts to be true, as to our genuine origin. Never has there been a time in Cherokee history when we thought we were not equal to anyone; that has not changed, and anything less will not be accepted, as we will always look forward to extending first the hand of friendship, with full respect and courtesy to any person. That was and is the way of "the Principle People" as demonstrated to us by La'an and his followers, and which was taught to La’an (Laman) by God (Yo he waah)-- to be kind to strangers.

I very much hope that this pleases the Mormons who read this, for their critics are many and the evidence herein presented by myself to you and your families is physically substantial, reasonable, and common sensed; there is so much more that I could not have covered in 200 pages of Internet. It may have been in front of many Mormon researchers, I do not know. Yet it seems that it has not been see able by these researchers because it is coming from, as Mormons like to say, "Lamanite" sources. Perhaps after reading who we are and what we have, they will reconsider, because now surely they understand that we are "the principal people" from the Hebrew tribe of Abraham, from Judea, and lead by La'an, Laman, who came to the Americas, just as your book tells of such.

Our migration legend, which was documented before your book was first printed, tells the same story of the journey and the landing of the Hebrew vessels coming to our shores here in the Americas. We Cherokees have hundreds and hundreds of pages of documentation of our early usage of Hebrew in our religious practices; we also had the ancient Hebrew laws that existed before the New Testament and the Mormon Testament. We Cherokees, as do some of the other civilized tribes, have the story of the division of power between the brothers; this was changed as various Native American religions came and went within these other Native American tribes that had been exposed to a much lesser degree to the Hebrew teachings of the people from the salt water. However, we Cherokees married into these people and vice a versa, thus even after our 1720 Hebrew speakers had gone on exodus, back to where they had received the first word in the valley of the mountains of the moon from the people of the saltwater, an area which is called Cariqui in Spanish, or Cha la gi in Choctaw, or Chiriqui in Guaymi, or Cha ra gee, from the ancient Hebrew; it all means the same thing: a chapel in a cave in the rock for the people shepherded by God, in a valley on high. We hope you pray with us that the office of the President of the Mormon Church decides to allow us to come and reason together, as we have petitioned and as is being considered.

Friendship Offered

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A bearded man in a cloth cap distinguishes this Mayan carving.

May God bless all people of good hearts and goodwill and their families who have come to this gift and proof that Mormon means that which Joseph Smith described as "something good". I hope this has been beneficial and something good to the Mormons and their families who have read this. As God has blessed all people with their humanity and the earth, we Cherokees ask for nothing else; but we are obligated to return another person’s property when we find it, even if it is connected to our property. We would hope that you would look at our commonality the way we do; that we both started out sharing a spring up high on the mountain at its source. Later, Joseph Smith was to discover a continuance of this pure spring and at the confluence of this with other pure springs which joined that flow from which Mormons partake. For someone to question the origins of the legitimacy of your pure spring would question the legitimacy of the origin of both of our joint springs. We would of course defend that.

God bless.
Chief Charles Kingfisher Rogers
Anikutani, Principle Priest

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