WHITE CHIEF

My name is Regan "Waterhawk" Garrett and I am the White Chief of the Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah. My wife, Laura, and I live in Austin, Texas. My brother David, stepson John Kay and I have owned an optical shop in south Austin for the last 21 years. John is married to Krysta and lives in San Marcos, Texas. My step-daughter Alyssa and her husband Nathan live near Lockhart, Texas. I have been blessed with two beautiful granddaughters, Emma Kay and Adalyn Smith.

My grandfather, Joseph Howard Layton, was born in Missouri in 1884. At the age of two he moved to the Indian Territory. My great-grandmother, Mary Delilah Price, died in 1894 in childbirth with her fourth child. Orphans were not able to be cared for so my grand- father, his older brother, James Edward, and younger brother John took off for Texas. John later died at the age of seven.

Ten years later my grandfather returned to Oklahoma where he served in the military at Fort Sills. He was there at the same time Geronimo and Quanah Parker were prisoners. After his honorable discharge from the military he returned to Texas where he met and married my grandmother. My mother, Barbara "Red Cardinal" Garrett, would always tell us how much she regretted not asking him more about his younger days.

With Chief Rogers and Chief Vann I have been able to celebrate my heritage through the Cherokee Nation of Sequoyah.

In 2003, at the 3a Governors Calbagata, I had the honor of performing the Cherokee Peace Pipe ceremony with the three governors of the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. The ceremony took place in front of more than 8,000 Mexican on horseback. I still have the pipe on the wall above my bed.

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