Major Ridge, The Ridge (and sometimes Pathkiller II) (c. 1771 – June 22, 1839) (also known as Nunnehidihi, and later Ganundalegi) was a Cherokee Indian member of the tribal council, a lawmaker, and a leader. He was a veteran of the Chickamauga Wars, the Creek War, and the First Seminole War.
Along with Charles R. Hicks and James Vann, Ridge was part of the "Cherokee triumvirate," a group of younger chiefs in the early nineteenth century Cherokee Nation who supported changes in how the people dealt with the United States. He became a wealthy plantation owner, slave owner and ferryman.
Ridge signed the controversial Treaty of New Echota of 1835, supported by the minority Treaty Party. It required the remaining Cherokee inhabiting tribal lands in the southeastern United States to cede the lands to the US and relocate to the Indian Territory. Opponents protested to the US government and negotiated a new treaty the following year. After Indian Removal to what is now Oklahoma, in 1839 Major Ridge was assassinated by tribal members under Cherokee Blood Law for alienating the land, as a majority had opposed removal.