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About The 'Cherokee Lady'

Dr. Lelanie Anderson

Alternative Medicine


Traditional Naturopathy

Lelanie was featured as one of Oklahoma's Native Medicine People in the 1993 Special Edition of Oklahoma Today Magazine and has appeared in many other magazines and newspapers across the country.

As a free-lance columnist, Lelanie has written columns for the Fort Smith, Arkansas, Muskogee, Grove and Pryor, Oklahoma newspapers. And has written monthly columns for the Cherokees of Houston and the Cherokees of California.

Lelanie has performed annual lectures for the University of Oklahoma’s medical and dental schools and The Veterans Administration in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She is featured as one of today’s 'Essential Blessing People ' on the Internet under Powersource. Lelanie is also involved in helping local schools by teaching their students the ways of their ancestors.

Known as the 'Cherokee Lady', she began publishing her works in 1991, encouraged by fellow artists, family and friends. To date, she has published 13 books relating to her Cherokee heritage in hopes of preserving this knowledge for those generations yet to come.

A Cherokee-American, she resides on Lake Hudson near Salina, Oklahoma, a small rural town in what is known as the 'Cherokee Nation' in northeastern Oklahoma. Salina was originally settled as an Indian trading post in the late 1700’s.

Lelanie, is a nurse with a doctorate in Alternative Medicine and Traditional Naturopathy, an American Indian Herbalist, author, columnist, lecturer, teacher and artist. She has worked for over 35 years in many areas of the medical profession from Intensive care to managing a medical program for a Tulsa-based corporation with over 234 offices nationwide and 43 bases overseas. Lelanie spent 8 years of her life as a nurse in the United States Navy Reserves serving with the Fleet Hospital.

Her interest in Indian herbal medicine started at an early age. Her grandmother took her on many walks through the Oklahoma countryside explaining the herbs and their uses. Lelanie’s Great, Great Uncle Captain James Wharey Terrell (1829-1908) was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Terrell served as a captain in the 69th North Carolina regiment (Thomas Legion) during the Civil War. Terrell eventually became an Indian agent. He took an active role in Cherokee Indian affairs. Terrell researched and wrote on Cherokee customs and mythology. James Mooney's “Myths of the Cherokee” drew upon Terrell's work.

Lelanie moved to El Paso, Texas in the 70’s and again became interested in herbal remedies. Several of the local Indian women were her guides. Her knowledge of these remedies coupled with her knowledge of western medicine proved to be very useful. Before long she was known by many of the locals as 'La Curandera' or the Medicine Woman.

Since her return to Oklahoma in the 80’s she has continued to search for more information on American Indian Medicinal Herbology. She spends countless hours researching her remedies and has a vast library of books based on ancient herbal remedies. Some of the documentation comes from reference materials printed as early as 1760. Lelanie includes the Elders of the surrounding communities in her searches for herbal remedies. Lelanie has written for several newspapers and magazines and was featured in the magazine for THE WORLD AWARENESS TRUST of Great Britain in 2007. Lelanie writes a weekly column for the "Chronicle of Grand Lake" and continues to perform lectures at various schools, organizations and educational facilities across the United States on the numerous topics of


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