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Episode 1: Exploring Jennifer Loren’s Cherokee Heritage, the artwork of Roy Boney, Jr. and the story of legendary Cherokee Ned Christie. Hosted by Cherokee citizen and Emmy-winning journalist Jennifer Loren. Produced and directed by Jeremy Charles and Sterlin Harjo. Note: Osiyo is a greeting in the Cherokee language that translates loosely as “All is well.”
Ned Christie (December 14, 1852 – November 3, 1892), also known as NeDe WaDe, was a Cherokee statesman. Christie was a member of the executive council in the Cherokee Nation senate, and served as one of three advisers to Chief Bushyhead. He was notable for holding off American lawmen in what was later called Ned Christie’s War, after being accused, wrongfully according to testimony in 1918, of murdering a United States Marshal. This gave him notoriety as an outlaw, and he was eventually killed by lawmen.