Chief Rev. Wilbert Lee “Strong Spirit” Ammons 

Chief Ammons
Chief Ammons

Rev. Chief Wilbert “Strong Spirit” Ammons is truly an elder pillar of the Coharie Indian Tribe. A lifelong resident of the Coharie Tribal Community and he is an outstanding Member of the Coharie Tribe. Rev. Ammons is a modern-day warrior who has worked hard throughout his life to assure that Indians, Veterans, and All Man-kind are treated fairly, not discriminated against, and that they were well represented in all aspects of life. He has a great passion for life and a greater compassion for his fellowman. Wilbert was born September 23, 1922. He married Alice Maynor on August 1, 1944 and they shared 66 years with her until our Lord called her home. Rev. Ammons is retired from Lundy’s Packing Company and will celebrate his 94th birthday this year. Rev. Ammons is one of the few living Native American Indian soldiers that served America during World War II. To envision Mr. Ammons is to partake in the freedom we all enjoy today. Wilbert served in the armed forces from 1939 until 1945. Rev. Ammons has also been a minister for 65 years. We, the Coharie Indian Tribe give very deserving honor to Wilbert L. Ammons for a job well done, and still today he continues to touch us all in many aspects of our lives.


“Greetings to everyone! Congratulations to the Coharie People on its 48th Annual Pow-wow celebrating our heritage and culture. Our traditions and heritage can be felt in all of our communities, join us as we celebrate our history and culture of our indigenous people; while we share our culture with you; it strengthens who we are as a people. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved with Our Tribe, volunteer, make Our lives count by giving back to the community and to our people and to each other as a whole nation. May Our God be with each of you on your travels to and from as we journey through the lives we have been given. Looking forward to Our Journey Together……. I am Rev. Chief Wilbert “Strong Spirit” Ammons.”


Coharie Intra-Tribal Council, Inc.

7531 N US Hwy 421 S, Clinton, NC 28328

Phone: (910) 564-6909

Chairman: Freddie Carter Jr.

Chairman Freddie Carter Jr.

The Coharie Intra-Tribal Council  consists of seven tribal members representing Harnett and Sampson Counties with our Chief as an honorary member.  Three members from each county are elected annually to serve on the Coharie Intra-Tribal Council.  The Chairman is elected by the people every three years.


To Provide the enrolled members of the Coharie Tribe with increased opportunities to raise their standard of living by providing housing and related services to members residing in Sampson and Harnett Counties by improving housing conditions to standard level and provide economic, employment, educational opportunities, and improving the tribal governmental structure and operation and preserve the culture of our Coharie Tribe, with the aid of the Wisdom Keepers, our elders.

Vice Chairperson: Isabell Freeman-Elliott

Secretary: Phillip Strickland

Council Member: Sharon Williams

Council Member: Davis Micheal Groves

Council Member: Joanna Chance

Council Member: Gnaynelle Ammons Faircloth

Coharie People, Inc.

PO BOX 1454

Clinton, NC 28329

Chairman: Phillip Strickland

The Coharie People Board consists of nine tribal members representing South Clinton, Herring and Shiloh districts with our Chief as an honorary member.  Through the help of committees, we operate and oversee our annual Coharie Powwow, Coharie Pageant and the Title VII Indian Education Program along with other Coharie business relations. Three members are elected annually to serve on the Coharie Intra-Tribal Council.

Vice Chairperson: Gnaynelle Ammons Faircloth

Secretary: Joanna Chance

Council Member: Valarie Sweat

Council Member: Alice Carter

Council Member: Cathy Ammons

Council Member: Randy Jacobs

Council Member: Magic Gomez

Council Member: Brittany Jacobs Locklear

Harnett County Coharie Indian Association

1943 Arrowhead Road, Dunn, NC 28334

Phone: (910) 892-0032


Chairperson: Isabell Freeman-Elliott

Isabell Freeman-Elliott

The Harnett County Coharie Indian Association  consists of nine tribal members representing all of Harnett County.   We operate and oversee our programs along with other Coharie business relations. Three members are elected annually to serve on the Coharie Intra-Tribal Council.

Vice Chairman: David Micheal Groves

Secretary: Sharon Williams

Treasurer: Alicia Maynor Hart

Council Member: Juanita Caldwell

Council Member: Phillip Walker

Council Member: Alan Gupton

Council Member: Helen McCown