A chief, or Tribal Elder, was the leader of a tribal society. The Capellan title of "High Teer" was comparable in use to the title of "High Chief". (TOS: "Friday's Child")

Some races that had evolved similarly to, or influenced, Humans, had their own tribal chiefs. These included the Native Americans on Amerind, the Yangs and Kohms of Omega IV and the Rubber Tree People. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome"; VOY: "Tattoo")

Chakotay was patronizingly referred to as "chief" by Porter in 1996. (VOY: "Future's End, Part II")

The Yang Cloud William was a chief, as had been his father. (TOS: "The Omega Glory")

Goro was the Tribal Elder of an American Indian tribe that lived on the planet Amerind. (TOS: "The Paradise Syndrome")

Karnas' father was a ruling chief of a tribal family unit on Mordan IV until he was assassinated by order of Peretor Sain. (TNG: "Too Short a Season")

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