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Poarch Band of Creek Indians Former Tribal Chair Eddie Tullis receives lifetime achievement award

The Atmore Chamber of Commerce recently awarded former Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Tribal Chair Eddie Tullis with its annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tullis, according to the tribe, was selected to receive the award because of his career long, active engagement in the community as well as his significant, positive impact locally.

“Mr. Tullis has dedicated his life to improving and advancing his people and his community,” said Stephanie A. Bryan, Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Chair & CEO.  “It is an honor to have him represent us and our community by being a driving force in making Atmore, the Poarch Creek Indians, and the State of Alabama a better place to live and work.”

Over the past 40 years, Tullis has served on the Tribal Council of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and has traveled the United States working on its behalf.  He was also the Tribal Chairman for 27 years from 1978-200, and served as Vice Chairman of Creek Indian Enterprise Development Authority (CIEDA).

In addition, Tullis served as Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians; the first member of a non-federally recognized Tribe to serve in that capacity.  He was also the Chairman of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (OIE) and the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference (NINAETC). Tullis was a Member of the Board of Directors for the Trail of Tears Historic Trail Commission, AmeriCorps, United Bank, Leadership Alabama, and Leadership Atmore. 

In 2022, Tullis was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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