Native American Indian Commission

John Only A Chief

January 26, 2023

Nawa (hello) my name is John Only A Chief, and I am a full-blood enrolled citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma.
I was originally born and raised in Pawnee, Oklahoma until the age of 10 years old. Not having a traditional family unit, I was a candidate for adoption and was relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 prior to the Indian Child Welfare Act. I became a ward of the Superior Court of Los Angeles for four years while my adoption was being finalized. I made my home in and around Los Angeles County. I attended Paramount Unified School District and graduated from Paramount High School (Class of 1980.) I attended Cerritos College of Norwalk for 2 years with an interest in Administration of Justice. I started a family and moved to Pawnee, Oklahoma from 2002-2017 where I raised my children. I returned to the LA county area in Sept 2017. I currently serve as the Non-Tribal Employee Personnel Committee Member for the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.

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