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sa·chem

 (sā′chəm)
n.
1.
a. A chief of a Native American tribe or confederation, especially an Algonquian chief.
b. A member of the ruling council of the Iroquois confederacy.
2. A high official of the Tammany Society, a political organization in New York City.

[Of Massachusett origin.]

sachem

(ˈseɪtʃəm)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US a leader of a political party or organization, esp of Tammany Hall
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) another name for sagamore
[C17: from Narraganset sǎchim chief]
sachemic adj

sa•chem

(ˈseɪ tʃəm)

n.
1. (among some North American Indians) the chief of a tribe or confederation.
2. one of the high officials in the Tammany Society.
[1615–25, Amer.; < SE New England Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *sa·kima·wa]
sa•chem′ic (-ˈtʃɛm ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sachem - a political leader (especially of Tammany Hall)
pol, political leader, politico, politician - a person active in party politics
2.sachem - a chief of a North American tribe or confederation (especially an Algonquian chief)
Indian chief, Indian chieftain - the leader of a group of Native Americans
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I know that they claim not only to have the earth, but that the meanest of their color is better than the Sachems of the red man.
Sassacus, their sachem, fled to another tribe, after his own people were defeated; but he was murdered by them, and his head was sent to his English enemies.
I made inquiries whether, in his researches about these parts, our mineralogist had found the three 'Silver Hills' which an Indian sachem sold to an Englishman nearly two hundred years ago, and the treasure of which the posterity of the purchaser have been looking for ever since.
He is a genteel savage; but let us go down, and give the sachem his tea; for I suppose he is a descendant of King Philip, if not a grandson of Pocahontas.
That worthy sachem landed in princely state, arrayed in a bright blue blanket and red breech clout, with an extra quantity of paint and feathers, attended by a train of half-naked warriors and nobles.
I have seen the head of an old sachem of the forest which at once reminded the eye of a bald mountain summit, and the furrows of the brow suggested the strata of the rock.
6,777 earmarked for eight new sachems of the Ports and Shipping Division.
The others are the Mohegan of Connecticut from whom Cooper borrowed the name of one of their 17th century sachems (chiefs) Uncas, to become a central character of his saga.
A 1957 Winchester High graduate, McElholm helped the Sachems hockey team win the 1955 state title and the baseball team to the 1956 Middlesex League championship.
Withering criticism by sachems like child psychiatrist Fredric Wertham led EC's CEO Bill Gaines to dose down the shop.
Such posturing put Hendrick and other sachems in the good graces of England.
Perhaps for the first time a researcher presents the names and histories of several historic Munsee sachems such as Mattano, Tackapousha, Mamanuchqua, and others.