Excerpt from Loretta Metoxen, Oneida Tribal Historian December
From what I have researched there were 8 chiefs that were associated with the Holy Apostles Church (Episcopalian) and there were about 6 or 7 associated with the Methodist Church, but that totals 14 or 15 chiefs. The issue is that most traditional people went to the Thames and most of the chiefs had gone there. They were the last people to move, and we only had 9 to begin with. So, there must have been some interesting politics going on to come out with that type of representation but they did have a government and get together on the occasion like we had two people hung, so they decided that. The chiefs were the judicial part of the government too and they made the rules and enforced the rules.