My affinity for the Cherokee nation is no secret. The striking similarities between the Jews and the Cherokees, in addition to several deep friendships I made with Cherokee Indians, led to the five-part series known as "The Trail of Tears". Since then, I've developed many more contacts with Cherokee descendants.
Yesterday, I received a moving letter from Ulisi Unegv Wohali (Cherokee for Grandmother White Eagle), a highly respected elder of the Cherokees, who has honored me with the Cherokee name of Wa ya Udo, which means "wolf brother". It's an amazing name, because phonetically, it's very similar to Hayehudi, Hebrew for "the Jew". Here's what she writes: