Alan Hicks – General Spokesman • Eastern Band Cherokee

Shiyo! Tsasuyeda. Hello Greetings my Dear Relatives: 

I come to you with a peace offering and understanding that is filled with the strength and spirit of my ancestors. As a respectable tribal medicine elder, Vietnam Veteran (US Army) and sacred eternal firekeeper and on behalf of my Grandfather George G. Hicks, who was One of the four leaders and Vice Chief to Principal Chief John Ross that led Our People on the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Today I share my humble thoughts with you as a descendant of Eastern Band Cherokee of North Carolina. Member of the Deer Clan, adopted into the Golden Eagle Clan and society of Sacred Eternal Firekeeper. An enrolled Tribal Member of Southeastern Cherokee Council (Roll No.: HIM9217), Medicine Keepers Band. Holder of sacred ceremonies space and eternal ceremonial fire keeper. 

Served with the Native American Veterans Association and Honor Guard. Worked as a Program Manager and Program Director, Program Clinical Treatment Coordinator, Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor, and Project Administrator of several federal grants for several Tribes. 

Have coordinated workshops, and training seminars. Been actively involved in consulting, counseling, coordinating, developing policies and procedures, administration and program design; conducted research, evaluation, teaching, training, and health education.  Have developed “adventure-based” and outdoor wilderness programs. Worked and developed an Adventure in the Classroom at South Verde High School called the “Soaring Eagle Program.” Have developed several outpatient and residential wellness treatment programs. Has served as Independent credentials and privileges as Dual Diagnosis Behavioral Health Professional and Clinician.   

Sacred Ceremonial firekeeper for: Cleansing and Purification Ceremonies “Asi” past 35 years; Earth Dance Since 2007; Return of the Eagle and Condor Gathering Peru (April and May 2007); 4th reunion of the “Continental Council of Indigenous Elders and Spiritual Guides of the Americas;” “Return of the Ancestors (April 2009 Sedona, AZ – 16 Days Chief eternal fire keeper); Sundance David Swallow (Poky Pine Ridge – Fire Keeper) August 2010. Built ceremonial Dance Circles: Calling of the Gourds (YAN 1st First Camp) April 2010 (build Ceremony Grounds); Sedona Margo Retreat Center Vision Quest Camp 10/10/10; Pai Gathering (YAN 2nd Camp) build Ceremony Grounds August 2011; International Council of Elders and Spiritual Guide. Island of the Sun and Island of the moon. 11/11/11; Pai Gathering (YAN 2nd Camp) build Ceremony Grounds 6/25/2012 Veterans Park

Earth Dance Johnson Ranch April 2012; Indigenous Elders from North (Eagle), Central (Quetzal), and South (Condor) America will unite with Wisdom Keepers from around the world for a historic event at the Eagle Quetzal Condor gathering in Sedona, Arizona –‐ April 15   to April 25, 2015.  Held on the Coconino National Forest land. 

Pai Gathering Yavapai-Apache Nation (YAN) All 5 Pai Tribes Gatherings 2016 Yavapai-Apache Nation. 

Graduate of Walla Walla College, with a Master Social Work degree with Concentration: Health, Mental Health and Addictions; with Clinical Applications of Advanced Family Systems Theory and Bachelor degree from Pacific Union College, with a Theology Degree with emphasis in Pastoral, Counseling, Teaching, and History.  An Honored Member Global Directory of Who’s Who for Leadership 2011 to 2015, Honored Member Madison Who’s Who Executive and Professional 2011 to 2015, International Who’s Who of Professionals 2001-2002 for Professional Management, Distinguished Achievement in Outstanding Service from the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians of Oregon 1998, International Who’s Who of Professionals1997 for Public Administration, and Team Player Award 1997 (Lincoln County Oregon).