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Meaning of sachem

sa•chem

Pronunciation: (sā'chum), [key]
— n.
  1. (among some North American Indians)
    1. the chief of a tribe.
    2. the chief of a confederation.
  2. a member of the governing body of the League of the Iroquois.
  3. one of the high officials in the Tammany Society.
  4. a political party leader.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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