Definition Of sachem
(among some American Indian peoples) a chief or leader.
The leading sachem Massasoit told them that the population had been destroyed by a sickness.
Example Of sachem
a Mafia sachem
Among the Five Nations or League of the Iroquois, the sachem was a formally recognized social role, which was an elected position and, more significantly, limited to men.
Each appointed a sachem and deputy to the tribal council.
He claimed that all the others in his group were burned at the stake, but that he was saved and married by a sachem 's widowed daughter, whose dowry included European scalps.
In fact there are cases where Indians cheated other Indians by claiming the rights to sell land and transferring all the land of another sachem or tribe to the English.