• The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, of Dahlonega, is run by Johnny Chattin, who wears unnaturally black braids, calls himself the tribe's "Attorney General" and has held court hearings in his dining room.
• The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee Inc., of Cumming, is fronted by Lucian Lamar Sneed, a former attorney who bragged he "tied up 67 dot-com names, every combination of Georgia and Cherokee and Indian you could think of" to keep rivals off the Internet.
• The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee Indians Inc., of Dahlonega. This group is run by the Davis family, a longtime Dahlonega clan that has applied for federal recognition, which could lead to a bid for gambling, although they deny wanting that.
• The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, Echota Fire Inc., a sub-charter with connections to an out-of-state tribe, which was quickly excluded as a contender by the Indian council's expert.
The experts' study determined that Davis' group was most legitimate, a designation that the Indian Council accepted during a vote in November.