Sachems / Chiefs - Leaders


Sheila Payne
Sachem Ohio Nottoway
War Woman Notoweega Nation

Sheila Anne (Brady) Payne, age 65 of Xenia passed away Wednesday June 11, 2014 at her residence. Sheila was born August 24, 1948 in Xenia, Ohio the daughter of Eugene and Anna Belle (Woodson) Brady. She is preceded in death by her father: Eugene Brady; and two brothers: Dale Maurice Brady and Eugene Brady.

Shiela worked tirelessly in support of her indigenous family and extensively traveling to the east coast and attending Notoway Council meetings in Richmond Virginia. She also worked very close with Helen Roundtree (Historian for the Bureau of Indian Affairs) in her search for historical documents.  

Sheila is survived by her mother: Anna Belle Brady; daughter: Kendra Valerius (Jacques); son: Philip Payne (Sonya); sister: Eugenia Garner; grandchildren: Austin Burlong, Ashtyn Payne, Kyndrah (Deja) Goshay, Alexia Payne, D-Angelo Dewberry, and Anderson Payne; she is also survived by a great-grandchild: Zalaia Burlong.

Sheila served in the United States Army 7th Infantry Division.

Sheila was a member of the Third Baptist Church of Xenia, Chief of the Nottoway Tribe, War Woman on the Notoweega Grand Council and member of the North American Iroquois Veterans Association, and the Appalachian American Indians of West Virginia. Sheila also enjoyed reading and attending Indian Pow Wows.

Chief Sheila was interned with Full honors and Tribal Ceremony at the Dayton National Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Published in Fairborn Daily Herald from June 11 to June 12, 2014


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