Will Chavez is a Cherokee/San Felipe Pueblo Indian who has worked in the newspaper and public relations field for 25 years. During that time he has performed public relations work for the Cherokee Nation and has been a writer, reporter and photographer for the Cherokee Advocate and Cherokee Phoenix newspapers.
For many years he has been advocate for Indian rights and has written numerous articles and editorials on Cherokee history.
He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association, an organization made up of professional Native journalists from throughout North America and Canada. He is also board member for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.
Growing up northeastern Oklahoma, Will learned the language, traditions and culture of the Cherokee people from his Cherokee mother and grandparents. He also appreciates his father’s culture and when possible attends annual traditional dances held on the San Felipe Reservation near Albuquerque, N.M.