How to Address Tribal Officials

Native American Tribes
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

How to Address a Chief of a Native American Tribe?

I work in the Mayor’s office and we are sending out invitations to the opening of our new civic center. There are chiefs of two local tribes on the list. How do I address the envelopes? Are they the Honorable (Full Name)  like other the county and state high officials?
——————–– Sonja in Texas How to Address a governor of a tribe

Dear Sonja,
Tribes do address tribal leaders as the Honorable (Full Name). Many have explained to me that 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.

—-Official envelope:
—-—-The Honorable (Full Name)
—-—-(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.

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

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:
—-—-The Speaker of the (Name of Tribal Council)

—-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

Not Finding Your Question Answered?

—-#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)  After checking the list and reading the posts, if you don’t see 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, I will post the question & answer – always changing the names and specifics.

— Robert Hickey

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