Each gens had a sachem, whose office was hereditary in the gens, and several common chiefs.
When they arrived at Corbitant's house they found the sachem not at home.
There was said to be one principal sagamore, or sachem, over the rest.
Their sachem, Uncas, had his royal residence in the present town of Norwich.
Here also a woman, Awashonks, was sachem of the tribe, and the bravest warriors were prompt to do homage to her power.
The sachem set a chair for her and relieved her of the staff and her bag.
This speech of the sachem was telling him exactly what he wished to know.
But their most deadly and formidable enemy was Philip, sachem of the Wampanoags.
He calls the council together in a formal manner when directed by the sachem.
Here the sachem Hendrick joined them with a body of his Mohawks.
chief of an American Indian tribe, 1620s, from Narragansett (Algonquian) sachim "chief, ruler," cognate with Abenaki sangman, Delaware sakima, Micmac sakumow, Penobscot sagumo. Applied jocularly to a prominent member of any society from 1680s; specific political use in U.S. is from 1890, from its use as the title of the 12 high officials of the Tammany Society of New York.