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Chad "Corntassel" Smith

Principal Chief, Cherokee Nation

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Chad "Corntassel" Smith Biography

Chad Smith, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is a soft spoken strategic thinker who has been a powerful force in building businesses and working toward self-sufficient Native American nations. Smith is a visionary leader with a list of unprecedented accomplishments. He looks ahead, knowing that the decisions we make today must serve our children and our children's children 100 years from now.

During his tenure as Principal Chief from 1999-2011, the Cherokee Nation grew its assets from $150 million to $1.2 billion, increased healthcare services from $18 million to $310 million, created 6,000 jobs, and advanced education, language, and cultural preservation dramatically. Chief Smith's success is a direct result of his principle-based leadership organization and his "Point A to Point B” leadership model, which he shares in his book Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe. This model works with business, government, and people in everyday life situations.

His efforts outside of the political and business arenas are diversified; he is a renowned legal scholar, enjoys rebuilding old Studebaker cars, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, rappelled from a 19-story hotel to raise money for the Special Olympics, and has bicycled the entire 980 mile "Trail of Tears” as part of a Cherokee youth leadership exercise. His dedication is inspiring and contagious.

A principled leader, Smith speaks passionately about developing leadership, improving education, building self-sufficient tribal nations, preserving cultural values and language, honoring the legacy inherited from his ancestors, and the inviolable responsibility to protect and exercise tribal sovereignty.

Smith shares stories, observations, experiences, and insights from his work as Principal Chief and his success in rebuilding one of the largest Indian nations in the United States.

Speaking Topics
  • Self Determination & the Right to Identity: The Cherokee-Freedmen Controversy

    This presentation explores the often highly emotional conflict between Freedmen and Indians regarding sovereignty and tribal identity. The core issue is often lost because the general public readily understands race and civil rights issues but does not understand the concepts of tribal citizenship and sovereignty. The issue became very controversial in 2007 when members of the United States Congressional Black Caucus filed a bill to strip the Cherokee Nation of $300 million of federal funding unless Freedmen descendents were permitted to become citizens of the Nation. In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith explores the controversy beyond its press coverage • which only focuses on race • to include the whole story, which involves treaty rights and a multitude of other issues.

  • Building One Fire: Cherokee Art & Culture

    In 2010, Chad "Corntassel" Smith designed, compiled, and edited the award-winning Cherokee art and culture book Building One Fire: The Art and Culture of Cherokee Life. This unique book illustrates the fundamental concept that historically, Cherokees did not have "art for art's sake." Art design was originally used to decorate and personalize tools, weapons, and utensils. Within the last hundred years however, Cherokees have used art to express cultural stories. In this presentation, speaker Smith provides an in-depth look at how Cherokee identity is composed of cultural attributes as expressed in outstanding and deeply moving art.

    Being Cherokee does not consist of teepees, powwows, or being a sidekick for Daniel Boone. Smith's portrayal and definition of Cherokee art, culture, and thought is accurate, insightful, and beautiful.

  • Competitive Intelligence: Designing Organizations for a Sustainable Economy

    Economies must be built with a competitive advantage, which may consist of competitive intelligence, which means excelling in a particular industry. For instance, an affinity for crafting handmade knifes out of saw blades and deer antlers is an example of competitive intelligence that can sustain the growth of a long-term cutlery industry. The Navahos are known for silver smithing and the Mohawks for high-iron construction, just as Detroit is known for automobiles, Wall Street for finance, Silicon Valley for computers.

    In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith discusses how organizations must find their own competitive intelligence in order to thrive. When competitive intelligence is determined for an area or population, educational systems must be aligned to produce skills and grow that intelligence for that economy.

  • Tribal Nation Building: A 100-Year Plan

    Indian tribal governments have a special relationship with the US government. As tribal nations, federally recognized Indian tribes are entitled to enact their own laws and conduct businesses under their own governmental structures. The Cherokee Nation government has been recognized in the world community of governments since 1721 when it signed its first treaty with Great Britain. In 1832, the US Supreme Court held that Indian tribes were “domestic dependent nations” with inherent sovereignty and territories exclusive to state governments.

    "Nation building" is the process of developing a tribe to build self-sufficient economies and cultural integrity. In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith provides an understanding of Indian Country and answers popular questions such as:

    • Why do some Indian tribes have casinos?
    • What is a reservation?
    • Why do Indian tribes have different laws?

  • Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All You Observe

    What does leadership mean to you? What's stopping you from making the changes your business needs to thrive? What are the questions you need to ask yourself as a leader in order to pave the way to success for your organization and yourself?

    Chief Chad "Corntassel" Smith, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, addresses these questions in this presentation based on his new book, Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe. Speaking from direct experience, he shares how he turned his 300,000-strong nation from an organization in turmoil and disarray into a functional and healthy entity by introducing the "Point A to Point B" leadership model he used to achieve success.

    Smith's model is based on a traditional Cherokee prayer that encourages people to learn from different perspectives: from Point A, where they must find the humility to understand their place in space and time as well as their strengths and weaknesses, to Point B, where they must create a vision and understand their opportunities. "Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation" will help you ascertain where you are; identify where you want to go; and negotiate the curves, detours, and potholes between the two points. Whether you are the CEO of a large corporation, run your own small business or organization, or are seeking new leadership strategies, you will benefit from these valuable lessons.

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Chad "Corntassel" Smith Biography

Chad Smith, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, is a soft spoken strategic thinker who has been a powerful force in building businesses and working toward self-sufficient Native American nations. Smith is a visionary leader with a list of unprecedented accomplishments. He looks ahead, knowing that the decisions we make today must serve our children and our children's children 100 years from now.

During his tenure as Principal Chief from 1999-2011, the Cherokee Nation grew its assets from $150 million to $1.2 billion, increased healthcare services from $18 million to $310 million, created 6,000 jobs, and advanced education, language, and cultural preservation dramatically. Chief Smith's success is a direct result of his principle-based leadership organization and his "Point A to Point B” leadership model, which he shares in his book Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe. This model works with business, government, and people in everyday life situations.

His efforts outside of the political and business arenas are diversified; he is a renowned legal scholar, enjoys rebuilding old Studebaker cars, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, rappelled from a 19-story hotel to raise money for the Special Olympics, and has bicycled the entire 980 mile "Trail of Tears” as part of a Cherokee youth leadership exercise. His dedication is inspiring and contagious.

A principled leader, Smith speaks passionately about developing leadership, improving education, building self-sufficient tribal nations, preserving cultural values and language, honoring the legacy inherited from his ancestors, and the inviolable responsibility to protect and exercise tribal sovereignty.

Smith shares stories, observations, experiences, and insights from his work as Principal Chief and his success in rebuilding one of the largest Indian nations in the United States.

Chad "Corntassel" Smith Speaking Topics

  • Self Determination & the Right to Identity: The Cherokee-Freedmen Controversy

    This presentation explores the often highly emotional conflict between Freedmen and Indians regarding sovereignty and tribal identity. The core issue is often lost because the general public readily understands race and civil rights issues but does not understand the concepts of tribal citizenship and sovereignty. The issue became very controversial in 2007 when members of the United States Congressional Black Caucus filed a bill to strip the Cherokee Nation of $300 million of federal funding unless Freedmen descendents were permitted to become citizens of the Nation. In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith explores the controversy beyond its press coverage • which only focuses on race • to include the whole story, which involves treaty rights and a multitude of other issues.

  • Building One Fire: Cherokee Art & Culture

    In 2010, Chad "Corntassel" Smith designed, compiled, and edited the award-winning Cherokee art and culture book Building One Fire: The Art and Culture of Cherokee Life. This unique book illustrates the fundamental concept that historically, Cherokees did not have "art for art's sake." Art design was originally used to decorate and personalize tools, weapons, and utensils. Within the last hundred years however, Cherokees have used art to express cultural stories. In this presentation, speaker Smith provides an in-depth look at how Cherokee identity is composed of cultural attributes as expressed in outstanding and deeply moving art.

    Being Cherokee does not consist of teepees, powwows, or being a sidekick for Daniel Boone. Smith's portrayal and definition of Cherokee art, culture, and thought is accurate, insightful, and beautiful.

  • Competitive Intelligence: Designing Organizations for a Sustainable Economy

    Economies must be built with a competitive advantage, which may consist of competitive intelligence, which means excelling in a particular industry. For instance, an affinity for crafting handmade knifes out of saw blades and deer antlers is an example of competitive intelligence that can sustain the growth of a long-term cutlery industry. The Navahos are known for silver smithing and the Mohawks for high-iron construction, just as Detroit is known for automobiles, Wall Street for finance, Silicon Valley for computers.

    In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith discusses how organizations must find their own competitive intelligence in order to thrive. When competitive intelligence is determined for an area or population, educational systems must be aligned to produce skills and grow that intelligence for that economy.

  • Tribal Nation Building: A 100-Year Plan

    Indian tribal governments have a special relationship with the US government. As tribal nations, federally recognized Indian tribes are entitled to enact their own laws and conduct businesses under their own governmental structures. The Cherokee Nation government has been recognized in the world community of governments since 1721 when it signed its first treaty with Great Britain. In 1832, the US Supreme Court held that Indian tribes were “domestic dependent nations” with inherent sovereignty and territories exclusive to state governments.

    "Nation building" is the process of developing a tribe to build self-sufficient economies and cultural integrity. In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith provides an understanding of Indian Country and answers popular questions such as:

    • Why do some Indian tribes have casinos?
    • What is a reservation?
    • Why do Indian tribes have different laws?

  • Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All You Observe

    What does leadership mean to you? What's stopping you from making the changes your business needs to thrive? What are the questions you need to ask yourself as a leader in order to pave the way to success for your organization and yourself?

    Chief Chad "Corntassel" Smith, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, addresses these questions in this presentation based on his new book, Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe. Speaking from direct experience, he shares how he turned his 300,000-strong nation from an organization in turmoil and disarray into a functional and healthy entity by introducing the "Point A to Point B" leadership model he used to achieve success.

    Smith's model is based on a traditional Cherokee prayer that encourages people to learn from different perspectives: from Point A, where they must find the humility to understand their place in space and time as well as their strengths and weaknesses, to Point B, where they must create a vision and understand their opportunities. "Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation" will help you ascertain where you are; identify where you want to go; and negotiate the curves, detours, and potholes between the two points. Whether you are the CEO of a large corporation, run your own small business or organization, or are seeking new leadership strategies, you will benefit from these valuable lessons.

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  • How to book Chad "Corntassel" Smith?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Chad "Corntassel" Smith for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Chad "Corntassel" Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Chad "Corntassel" Smith or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Chad "Corntassel" Smith?

    Speaking fees for Chad "Corntassel" Smith, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Chad "Corntassel" Smith charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Chad "Corntassel" Smith, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Chad "Corntassel" Smith?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Chad "Corntassel" Smith for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Chad "Corntassel" Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Chad "Corntassel" Smith or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Chad "Corntassel" Smith or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Chad "Corntassel" Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Self Determination & the Right to Identity: The Cherokee-Freedmen Controversy, Building One Fire: Cherokee Art & Culture, Competitive Intelligence: Designing Organizations for a Sustainable Economy, Tribal Nation Building: A 100-Year Plan and Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All You Observe. The estimated speaking fee range to book Chad "Corntassel" Smith for your event is available upon request. Chad "Corntassel" Smith generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are George P. Bush, Van Jones, Hill Harper, Jonah Edelman and Kal Penn. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Chad "Corntassel" Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Chad "Corntassel" Smith Speaking Topics

  • Self Determination & the Right to Identity: The Cherokee-Freedmen Controversy

    This presentation explores the often highly emotional conflict between Freedmen and Indians regarding sovereignty and tribal identity. The core issue is often lost because the general public readily understands race and civil rights issues but does not understand the concepts of tribal citizenship and sovereignty. The issue became very controversial in 2007 when members of the United States Congressional Black Caucus filed a bill to strip the Cherokee Nation of $300 million of federal funding unless Freedmen descendents were permitted to become citizens of the Nation. In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith explores the controversy beyond its press coverage • which only focuses on race • to include the whole story, which involves treaty rights and a multitude of other issues.

  • Building One Fire: Cherokee Art & Culture

    In 2010, Chad "Corntassel" Smith designed, compiled, and edited the award-winning Cherokee art and culture book Building One Fire: The Art and Culture of Cherokee Life. This unique book illustrates the fundamental concept that historically, Cherokees did not have "art for art's sake." Art design was originally used to decorate and personalize tools, weapons, and utensils. Within the last hundred years however, Cherokees have used art to express cultural stories. In this presentation, speaker Smith provides an in-depth look at how Cherokee identity is composed of cultural attributes as expressed in outstanding and deeply moving art.

    Being Cherokee does not consist of teepees, powwows, or being a sidekick for Daniel Boone. Smith's portrayal and definition of Cherokee art, culture, and thought is accurate, insightful, and beautiful.

  • Competitive Intelligence: Designing Organizations for a Sustainable Economy

    Economies must be built with a competitive advantage, which may consist of competitive intelligence, which means excelling in a particular industry. For instance, an affinity for crafting handmade knifes out of saw blades and deer antlers is an example of competitive intelligence that can sustain the growth of a long-term cutlery industry. The Navahos are known for silver smithing and the Mohawks for high-iron construction, just as Detroit is known for automobiles, Wall Street for finance, Silicon Valley for computers.

    In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith discusses how organizations must find their own competitive intelligence in order to thrive. When competitive intelligence is determined for an area or population, educational systems must be aligned to produce skills and grow that intelligence for that economy.

  • Tribal Nation Building: A 100-Year Plan

    Indian tribal governments have a special relationship with the US government. As tribal nations, federally recognized Indian tribes are entitled to enact their own laws and conduct businesses under their own governmental structures. The Cherokee Nation government has been recognized in the world community of governments since 1721 when it signed its first treaty with Great Britain. In 1832, the US Supreme Court held that Indian tribes were “domestic dependent nations” with inherent sovereignty and territories exclusive to state governments.

    "Nation building" is the process of developing a tribe to build self-sufficient economies and cultural integrity. In this presentation, speaker Chad "Corntassel" Smith provides an understanding of Indian Country and answers popular questions such as:

    • Why do some Indian tribes have casinos?
    • What is a reservation?
    • Why do Indian tribes have different laws?

  • Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All You Observe

    What does leadership mean to you? What's stopping you from making the changes your business needs to thrive? What are the questions you need to ask yourself as a leader in order to pave the way to success for your organization and yourself?

    Chief Chad "Corntassel" Smith, the former Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, addresses these questions in this presentation based on his new book, Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation: Learn from All I Observe. Speaking from direct experience, he shares how he turned his 300,000-strong nation from an organization in turmoil and disarray into a functional and healthy entity by introducing the "Point A to Point B" leadership model he used to achieve success.

    Smith's model is based on a traditional Cherokee prayer that encourages people to learn from different perspectives: from Point A, where they must find the humility to understand their place in space and time as well as their strengths and weaknesses, to Point B, where they must create a vision and understand their opportunities. "Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation" will help you ascertain where you are; identify where you want to go; and negotiate the curves, detours, and potholes between the two points. Whether you are the CEO of a large corporation, run your own small business or organization, or are seeking new leadership strategies, you will benefit from these valuable lessons.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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