THE CHEROKEE TRIBE’S VICE CHIEF, RICHARD SNEED, IN HIS OWN WORDS.
Siyo, and welcome! Thank you for taking the time to visit with us and learn more about our tribe. We have a rich culture and a storied history of perseverance and tenacity that demonstrates the true strength of our people.
It is my humble honor to serve our people as the Vice Chief of our tribe. I believe that tribal leaders should be servants of the people, and I strive to fulfill that belief on a daily basis. I am convinced that we succeed as a people when we strive for a community that honors every person within our tribe. And while it is imperative that we do the right things for our people, it is equally important that we do them in a right way. A way that honors our God, our people, and those who have gone before us.
The Vice Chief looks at the road that led him here.
I was born December 20, 1967 to Richard and Patricia Gregory Sneed of the Wolfetown Community. My wife, Trina, and I have been married for twenty-six years. We have five children and two grandchildren. I am a graduate of Cherokee High School and a proud veteran of United States Marine Corps, where I was selected as the platoon Honor Graduate upon completion of Basic Training. After being Honorably Discharged from the Marine Corps, I graduated from Universal Technical College in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1998 I started my own company where I was the Owner/President of Cornerstone Automotive Inc.
After four years of being in business, I sold the company to pursue my dream of teaching. I received my North Carolina Teaching License in Industrial Arts in 2003 from SCC and UNCA. I had the privilege of working as the Vocational Instructor at Cherokee High School from 2003 until 2015 when I took office. In 2013 I experienced a milestone in my teaching career when the National Indian Education Association selected me as the National Classroom Teacher of the Year. Throughout my teaching career I had the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor in a bi-vocational role, at Christ Fellowship Church of Cherokee from 2002 until 2015 when I took office.