Eddie L. Tullis

  • Eddie L. Tullis, Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Alabama. Has served as Chairman for more than 30 years; leader in obtaining his tribe’s federal recognition. Today Mr. Tullis’ deepest commitment is to economic projects that will provide education, housing and health care for his people.

    Mr. Eddie L. Tullis has served as Tribal Chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for 26 years. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians is the only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the State of Alabama. In this capacity, he serves as the Chief Executive Office of Tribal Administration and oversees all grants and contracts funded through federal, state and local governmental units. In his position as Tribal Chairman, Mr. Tullis is the Chairman of the Board for Creek Indian Enterprises, which is the economic development branch of the Tribe. He also serves in national leadership roles representing the interest that impact the welfare of American Indian people such as Vice-President of the United South and Eastern Tribes since 1990, Vice-President of Americans for Indian Opportunities since 1986 and an Advisory Council Member for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail since 1988. Mr. Tullis’ most recent national appointments include Area Vice President for the National Congress of American Indians and as a member of the Indian Advisory Council for the Trust for Public Lands. He was recently appointed to the Alabama State Incentive Grant Advisory Committee and the Alabama Archives and History Foundation Board. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for both the United Bank of Atmore and Leadership Alabama.

    Mr. Tullis also set an excellent example of Indian leadership through past involvement of the following national organizations: White House Conference on Indian Education, Indian Nations at Risk, National Indian Policy Center Planning Committee, Native American Rights Fund, National Advisory Council on Indian Education, and the American Indian and Alaska Native Advisory Committee for the United States Census.

    Mr. Tullis was born in 1938 in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated in 1956 from Earnest Ward High School and in 1975 attended Faulkner State College in Bay Minette, Alabama. Mr. Tullis is married with four children.