The association was formed in 1994 and meets semi-annually. Becky has sung "Let There Be Peace" at several of the meetings, and twice at Nancy's gravesite. President David Hampton and fellow descendants have been very supportive of Becky's mission of bringing NANYEHI to the stage.
Established in 1839 in Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma, the Cherokee Nation is one of three federally recognized Cherokee Tribes. It is headquartered in Tahlequah, OK and has over 288,000 citizens. Both Becky and Nanyehi Production/Business Associate, Sammye Walton are citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
Goingsnake was one of the original Cherokee Nation districts and named after an elderly chief who survived the Trail of Tears. This group meets once a month, and were the first people to see a showcase presentation of Nanyehi in 2009. They were also the first to hear "Tsa La Gi – We Are Many."
This non-profit, membership organization was formed in 1993 to promote awareness of the Trail's legacy, including the effects of the U.S. Government's Indian Removal Policy on the Cherokees and other tribes (primarily the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole).
The National Museum of the American Indian is a museum that is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. NANYEHI is honored to have won a 2010 Visual and Expressive Arts Program Award.
Composer/ Co-playwright, Becky Hobbs, has been writing, singing and performing for over 40 years. She's written songs for Conway Twitty, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Alabama (including the evergreen "Angels Among Us") and many others, and has performed in over 40 countries.
Musical producer/ Arranger, Duane Sciacqua, has played guitar with Glenn Frey (15 years), Joe Walsh, Paul McCartney, and many other artists. He's played guitar on numerous film/television scores, such as Airwolf, Hotshots, Cobra, Police Stories and The Nightstalkers.
Noted historian, Ray Smith, has written numerous articles on Nancy Ward, Dragging Canoe and the Cherokee. He is spear-heading the search for the stone carving of Nancy Ward that was stolen off of a Tennessee grave in the 70's.
Long time friend, BA, has captured the beauty of Cane River Lake in Louisiana in with her inspired photographs.
Rockin' Australian recording artist, Rick Caballo, is a man of many talents. Not only has he traveled the world, turning people on to his Mick Jagger-style music, he writes killer songs and is an amazing visual artist.