Chief AJ in Reno on tour with ROY ROGERS.
CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHIPPEWA BAND, POB 131, Tuscola, IL 61953
(Brief recent History of the Chippewas that moved into the Illinois Territory) During the past fourth years under the leadership of Chief AJ (John C. Huffer) the Tribe has achieved many accomplishments for Native Americans. For eight years the Tribe sponsored a Children's Home serving acting-out teen age delinquents make it thought high school. For 12 years the Tribe built operated and ran nursing homes and half way houses.
During the past fourth years the tribe has maintained a tribal enrollment program and help people with Native American background register their ancestors and obtain a tribal enrollment card. Our membership has had a steady increases due this program. This enabled the Tribe to help Native Americans start Minatory Business.
The Tribal Business Arm start with the training of young Native Americans from the Chicago, IL Native American Center to be constriction managers. This operation soon grew into the formation of several Indian Owned Business. These Business gained recognition from the BIA as 100% "Indian Owned Business".
Arrow Guard Rail
Tribal Contraction International (T.C.I.)
Tribal Work Shop
Tribal Rifle Training Camp
Our Tribal Business obtained contracts with the US Postal System, Department of Transpiration, University of Illinois and the Capital Develop Board of the State of Illinois. Our Indian Workers successfully completed over 300 contracts ranging form $20,000.00 to $750,000.00.
Along the way the Tribe had court battles which were won for "Indian Rights". We won Tribal Sovereign Immunity in the 6th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois. Our most impressive Court Viceroy was Monday June 27, 1983 in Federal Court under the Honorable Judge J. Waldo Ackerman when our Tribe was given the right to bid on, work on and hold Federal And State construction contracts. This ruling also allowed Native Americans to came off of any Reservation and work for our Indian Owned business. In this high powered legal action John C. Huffer went per say for the Tribal against a team of State Lawyers
From the trails we saw that is way necessary for the Tribe to develop a Tribal Court System.
Now we have sitting Tribal Court Judges and others in training to be Tribal Court Judges. One of the work of our Judges to expand our land base and Tribal Business.
In 1983 our Native American Construction Firm (T.C.I.) was named the "Indian" Contractor of the year and we were invited to the White House.
NATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH Christian Church/Disciples just as Pres. Ronald Reagan's Church membership.
Train our Membership in Business
CHIEF AJ OFFICIAL CHEROKEE KNIFE
THE WAY OF THE BOW