How to Address Tribal Officials

Native American Tribes How to Address a Governor of a Tribe
How to Address an Indian Chief
How to Address a Tribal President
How to Address a Goveror of a Tribe
How to Address Tribal Officials

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How to Address a Chief | President | Governor of a Native American Tribe

Tribes address their tribal leaders as the Honorable (Full Name).  Many have explained as sovereign nations, their elected officials are granted the same courtesy title as elected officials of the United States. Be sure to check with the tribes for their preferred form of address and the exact title of their chief (that varies too). Some tribes have a chief – others a president – and still others a governor. How to Address a governor of a tribe

Envelope or address block on an email:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-(Office)
——–(Tribe)
—-
—-(Address) How to Address a governor of a tribe

Salutation: How to Address a Chief of an Indian Tribe
—-—-Varies by the name of the office in the specific tribe
Chief (Name):
President (Name):
Governor (Name):

– Robert Hickey    How to Address a Chief of an Indian Tribe How to Address a governor of a tribe

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

What Is the Salutation for the Speaker of a Tribal Council?

I have to write to the Tribal Council’s Speaker. I have found the Speaker’s name and the address. However, I am not sure of the proper salutation and don’t want to offend him. I want to be his friend. I am hoping you could give me some advice on this. Do I use ‘Mr. (Name)’ or ‘Speaker (name)’?
– SS

Dear SS,
Forms of address for Native American tribes mirror the equivalent U.S. government office. Address the speaker of a Tribal Council in the style of the speaker of the House of Representatives.

—-Official envelope or address block on an email:
—-—-The Speaker of the (Name of Tribal Council)
—-—-(Address)

—-Salutation, from most formal to least formal:
—-—-Dear Mr./Madam (Speaker):
—-—-Dear Speaker:
—-—-Dear Speaker (Surname):

– Robert Hickey How to Address a governor of a tribe

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

Not Finding Your Answer?

—-#1)  At right on desktops, at the bottom of every page on tablets and phones, is a list of all the offices, officials & topics covered on the site.

—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"