Joyce Dugan

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Joyce Dugan
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief
In office
Preceded by Gerard Parker
Succeeded by Leon Jones

Joyce Dugan is the former Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She became Principal Chief in 1995, and was the first woman to be elected to the office.

She established a cultural division in tribal government, working on "cultural heritage issues such as language, repatriation, museum exhibit, and education," and was active in environmental issues and health.[1] Her successor, Leon Jones, planned to continue her efforts to fight diabetes.[2] In 2009, she served as Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Director of Communications and External Relations at the Cherokee casino.[3]

She is a former superintendent of the Cherokee Central Schools.[1][4]

She is the author of a book entitled The Cherokee which describes the history and cultural practices of her tribe.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Joyce Conseen Dugan, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Former Chief". Ramsey Library Special Collections, Vertical Files, UNCA. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  2. ^ Nancy Thomas (1999-09-17). "Cherokee News Path - Priorities Set by New Cherokee Chief Elect". "The People's Paths!". Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Harrah’s starts third tower". The Sylva Herald. Sylva, NC. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2013-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Former chief Dugan to head Cherokee schools". The Asheville Citizen-Times. 2009-07-10. Retrieved 2013-04-24. 
  5. ^ "The Cherokee" by Joyce C. Dugan & B. Lynne Harlan, URL accessed 07/14/11

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Preceded by
Gerard Parker
Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Succeeded by
Leon Jones