Eddie L. Tullis served as Chairman of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians -- the only federally recognized tribe in the State of Alabama -- for three decades. In this capacity, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Tribal Administration and oversaw all grants and contracts funded through federal, state and local governmental units. Tullis also served as Chairman of the Board for Creek Indian Enterprises, which is the economic development branch of his nation.
He also serves a number of national leadership roles, such as Vice President of the United South and Eastern Tribes since 1990, Vice President of Americans for Indian Opportunity since 1986, and Advisory Council Member for the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail since 1988. 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. 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.
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. (Source: The Institute for Tribal Government)