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Eastern Band of Cherokee

2/13/2016

article Eastern Band Seeks $4M in Damages in Casino Deck Collapse
(North Carolina) -- Four million dollars in damages: that's what the Eastern Band of the Cherokee asks a federal jury to award, after the parking deck at Harrah'...

2/8/2016

article EDITORIAL: The sound of silence
(North Carolina) -- In January 2016, Tribal Council passed a law (Resolution No. 87) that did away with verbatim written documentation of Council sessions as a matter of...

2/4/2016

article Council approves Bowling Entertainment Center project
(North Carolina) -- Bowlers in Cherokee will no longer have to leave town to go for strikes and spares. Tribal Council passed a resolution during Budget Council on...

2/3/2016

article Conditions improving at Sequoyah golf course
(North Carolina) -- The new management at Sequoyah National Golf Club in Cherokee had hoped to start turning a profit within a year of taking the helm in the fall of...

2/1/2016

article Chief’s Monthly Report for January 2016
(North Carolina) -- We started out this month in the New Year with a five-day weekend! I happily granted administrative leave for our employees to spend time with family...

1/17/2016

article Henrys donate Cherokee grinding stone to Heritage Center
(North Carolina) -- A Cherokee grinding stone has made its way from a Blount County farm to Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend — all 8,200 pounds of...

1/13/2016

article Motion to dismiss filed in lawsuit contesting Cherokee council raises
(North Carolina) -- Defendants in a lawsuit stemming from raises and backpay the Cherokee Tribal Council voted itself in October 2014 are hoping to convince a judge to...
article Tribal council votes to create legislative office separate from executive oversight
(North Carolina) -- When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to create the Office of Legislative Support last week, it was doing more than ramping up tribal staffing....

1/11/2016

press release Tribal Council recognizes contributions of the Warriors of AniKituhwa as cultural ambassadors
(North Carolina) -- On Thursday January 7, at the first Tribal Council meeting of 2016, Marie Junaluska, representative from Painttown, gave a presentation about the...

1/8/2016

article Georgia Swarm inks Harrah’s Cherokee Casino sponsorship
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s first professional lacrosse team is making some big moves in the Peach State. National Lacrosse League’s Georgia Swarm inked a naming...

1/7/2016

article Justice Center to be named for fallen officer
(North Carolina) -- The new EBCI Justice Center will be named in honor of a Cherokee Indian Police Department officer who gave his life in the line of duty. Officer...
article “Charlotte’s Web” translated into Cherokee language
(North Carolina) -- Taliquo Walker, an EBCI tribal member and student at New Kituwah Academy, opened a box on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and, in the process, opened a new...

1/6/2016

article Nature Journal: Cherokee utilized abundance around them
(North Carolina) -- When the Cherokees emerged as a distinctive culture, they carefully situated themselves so as to take advantage of the many resources available in...

12/30/2015

article Cracking the code to speak Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- John Standingdeer Jr. grew up on the Qualla Boundary, proud of his people and their past. He learned to play stickball as a kid and became a cultural...

12/10/2015

article Wave of changes shaking up Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(North Carolina) -- Recent months have seen the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians experience a shift in tribal government driven by a new principal chief. But that’...

12/9/2015

article Cherokee council vows to crack down on drug dealers
(North Carolina) -- Drug addiction is perhaps the biggest crisis on the Qualla Boundary, and it’s time that tribal government got serious about punishing...

12/7/2015

article This federal bill could return 76 acres of tribal land to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(Tennessee) -- More than 177 years after most of the Cherokee were forcibly removed from Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina — and a generation after several...

11/25/2015

article Tribe could take over Qualla Boundary restaurant inspections now provided by counties
(North Carolina) -- The state won’t require health departments in Jackson, Swain, Cherokee and Graham counties to conduct restaurant inspections on the Qualla...

11/19/2015

article How no-strings-attached money changes poor teens
(North Carolina) -- Increasing poor families’ income can significantly improve their children’s psychological well-being, according to new research. The...

11/16/2015

article Cherokee Principal Chief’s Report for October
(North Carolina) -- Hello everyone, the month of October has been very busy for me and our Tribe. We accomplished many things in the first 30 days after being sworn into...

11/14/2015

article Answer Man: New casino at Asheville Airport?
(North Carolina) -- Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal: Question: Is Harrah’s Cherokee Casino building a new casino...

11/13/2015

article Tribal programs rewarded for fiscal responsibility
(North Carolina) -- Five tribal programs were rewarded for their fiscal responsibility in the previous year with SOAR (Success in Operations, Accounting, and Reporting)...
article EBCI to participate in National Crime Information program
(North Carolina) -- U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Jill Westmoreland Rose and the Department of Justice announced Nov. 5 the first 10 tribes to...

11/4/2015

article December per capita up more than $300
(North Carolina) -- The per capita distribution for EBCI tribal members for December 2015 is more than $300 (before taxes) more than the December 2014 amount.
article Daniel Negreanu Joins PETA in Calling on Harrah’s Cherokee to Close Bear Zoo, But Animal Rights Group Has Its Own Ethical Issues
(North Carolina) -- Daniel Negreanu, poker’s best-known vegan, is the game’s all-time money winner. He routinely lends his name and celebrity to charitable...

11/2/2015

article EDITORIAL: We fight our country’s battles
(North Carolina) -- On the Veterans’ Memorial, in front of the tribal finance office and council house, engraved in granite, are the names of all enrolled members...

10/28/2015

article A new model of health care: Cherokee celebrates new hospital
(North Carolina) -- After a week of rain, the sun rose brightly over the new Cherokee Indian Hospital and the crowd attending its opening day. And while the traditional...
article Little-known Cherokee history, from the archives
(North Carolina) -- When I used to work for the Cherokees, there were occasions when there was little to do. When that happened, I would vanish into the archives of the...

10/26/2015

article Governor McCrory visits Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory visited the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian’s new hospital facility on Friday, Oct. 23. The reason for his...

10/23/2015

article Council reverses decision on pay raise lawsuit defendants’ representation
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council reversed a decision from a week earlier involving legal representation for those named in a lawsuit involving pay raises that occurred...

10/19/2015

article This Is One Unbelievably Simple Way to Transform the Lives of Poor Children
(North Carolina) -- What should be done to improve the lives of poor children in the United States? The answer in popular conversation today focuses on education as...
article Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians unveil new hospital
(North Carolina) -- Jerry Wolfe has spent the vast majority of his 91 years within shouting distance of Rattlesnake Mountain. The mountain keeps watch over the Cherokee...

10/18/2015

article How a financial windfall affects the behavior of kids in poverty
(Utah) -- In 1992, the National Bureau of Economic Research began a 10-year study of the personalities of 1,420 low-income children in western North Carolina.

10/14/2015

article Chief Lambert’s personnel changes draw debate
(North Carolina) -- Patrick Lambert didn’t waste any time making waves in his first full day as principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. That...
article Pay raise lawsuit defendants responsible for own representation
(North Carolina) -- Those named in a lawsuit involving pay raises for Tribal Council that occurred last fall are responsible for their own legal representation according...
article Former chief Hicks will no longer direct Tribal Gaming Commission
(North Carolina) -- Former Principal Chief Michell Hicks was all set to take over the tribe’s highest-paying job — director of the Tribal Gaming Commission...
article Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenship
(New York) -- An inmate is asking a federal judge to order the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to process his application for membership. Robert Sioleski, 58, claims...
article Cherokee Indian Police officer dies in line of duty
(North Carolina) -- A veteran police officer known for his dedication to his family and to his job died from injuries suffered in the line of duty, his department said....
article New Cherokee Indian Hospital To Open This Fall
(North Carolina) -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Oct. 15 for a new Cherokee Indian Hospital, the tribe’s $80 million, 150,000-square-foot facility built...

10/7/2015

article Cherokee justice group files lawsuit for return of pay raises for former leadership
(North Carolina) -- A shake up in the Eastern Band of Cherokee came yesterday when a group called the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for Justice & Accountability (...
article Lawsuit filed against former tribal leadership
(North Carolina) -- The day after Cherokee’s new chief and vice chief took their oaths of office, a lawsuit naming nearly all the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...

10/6/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino revenue should enhance tribe’s well-being
(North Carolina) -- What started as humble beginnings in 1997 with just video poker on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina, when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...

10/5/2015

article Gambling Wagers Pay Community-Health Dividends for Eastern Band of Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Enter the front foyer of the Cherokee Indian Hospital, look to your right, and there you’ll see a large placard that reads, “Ni-hi tsa-...
article Lambert, Sneed take office
(North Carolina) -- Patrick Lambert became the 27th Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians during an Inauguration Ceremony held at the Charles George...

9/28/2015

article Harrah's Casino & Hotel Opens in Murphy, N.C.
(North Carolina) -- Two years and millions of dollars later, Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel is open for business. Principal Chief of the Eastern...
article Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino Is Opening Its Doors Monday
(North Carolina) -- A new casino opens its doors in Cherokee County, North Carolina. Monday is Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino's grand opening.
article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River opens doors
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel (HCVR) opened its doors on Monday, Sept. 28 and caused a traffic jam in Murphy due to all of...
article New Casino In Cherokee County, NC Opens
(North Carolina) -- The Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel opened, Monday. The doors to the casino opened around 1:30 Monday afternoon.

9/27/2015

article Four to compete in Saturday’s Miss Cherokee pageant
(North Carolina) -- Four young women will compete for the right to be an ambassador of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the annual Miss Cherokee pageant scheduled...

9/25/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino opens Monday
(North Carolina) -- Just last month, construction workers and technicians were putting the final touches on the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino. All the hard...

9/23/2015

article Getting ready for game day: Preparations at new casino in full swing as opening day approaches
(North Carolina) -- Spirits were high last week as Lumpy Lambert made his morning lap around the floor of the new casino. The count down was on, with just a week to go...
article New Harrah’s Valley River casino offers closest gambling for Atlantans
(North Carolina) -- On a steamy August afternoon, rows of slot machines stood sheathed in plastic. Technicians and construction workers scurried across the new red and...

9/22/2015

article Council approves gaming management amendments
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council passed two amendments (known as the Second Amendment and the Third Amendment) to the Management Agreement with Harrah’s NC...
article Eastern Cherokees prepare for opening of new gaming facility
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is opening its second gaming facility next week but some tribal leaders aren't entirely...

9/21/2015

article Chief Hicks hired to head Tribal Gaming Commission
(North Carolina) -- Following the inauguration of Principal Chief-elect Patrick Lambert on Monday, Oct. 5, Principal Chief Michell Hicks will move out of the EBCI...
press release Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel Release Preliminary Economic Impact Figures
(North Carolina) -- Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, announces direct regional impact of casino project exceeds $26 million in construction...

9/16/2015

article Hicks to take Gaming Commission top job when political term ends
(North Carolina) -- The day after Chief-Elect Patrick Lambert takes his oath of office, Principal Chief Michell Hicks will take over Lambert’s old job as executive...

9/9/2015

article Landslide win makes Lambert new Cherokee chief
(North Carolina) -- There was nothing ambiguous about Patrick Lambert’s win in the race for Cherokee Principal Chief last week. His victory came in a landslide of...

9/8/2015

article Bowling Alley proposal withdrawn
(North Carolina) -- A proposal to build a 24-lane bowling center adjacent to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort was withdrawn during the Budget Council session on...
article North Carolina Cherokees betting on 2nd casino at a time when gambling growth is slowing down
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee tribe in North Carolina is betting it can boost its income and solidify its hold on gamblers in the Southeast by opening a second casino...

9/7/2015

article Cherokee Tribe of North Carolina ready for boost of income with Harrah’s Casino
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina tribe of Cherokee Indians are ready to launch their new casino, the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River, to provide a further...
article New Casino Close to Atlanta Scheduled to Open
(North Carolina) -- A new casino that will be located only an hour away from Atlanta is scheduled to open at the end of the month. The Cherokee Tribe in North Carolina,...

9/6/2015

article North Carolina Cherokees Betting on New $110 Million Casino
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee tribe in North Carolina is betting it can boost its income and solidify its hold on gamblers in the Southeast by opening a second casino...

8/30/2015

article Cherokee Tri-Council Festival continues today
(North Carolina) -- On Friday, the Cherokee came home. The three federally-recognized tribes of the Cherokee people, the Eastern Band of the Cherokee from Western North...

8/26/2015

article Native American journalists face unique issues when it comes to free press
(North Carolina) -- Joe Martin had never worked for a newspaper or owned a handgun when he took the reins of the tribally owned Cherokee One Feather in 1995. But when...
article Tribe moving along with child welfare system
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Michell Hicks signed a Title IV-E Pre-Print, which is a document containing plans and policies for the Tribe’s new child...
article EBCI artists win at Santa Fe Indian Market
(New Mexico) -- Two EBCI tribal members landed first place prizes at the 2015 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) Santa Fe Indian Market held Aug. 22-23....

8/25/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino opening Sept. 28; Food outlets announced
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel near Murphy, North Carolina is set to officially open their doors to patrons at 2pm on...

8/24/2015

article New Harrah's Cherokee Casino just weeks away from grand opening
(North Carolina) -- The Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel grand opening in Murphy, NC is just over a month away! Doors open Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. The...

8/23/2015

article New Cherokee casino opening just two hours away from Chattanooga area
(North Carolina) -- Casino gambling is about to move closer to Chattanooga. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino will open on Sept. 28 near Murphy, N.C., about an...

8/19/2015

article Chief candidate Lambert lays out platform
(North Carolina) -- If Patrick Lambert wins his bid for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, he expects to be looking a monstrous political version...
article Mary Crowe hopes for chief’s job with write-in campaign
(North Carolina) -- Mary Crowe isn’t a councilmember, but when a Tribal Council session starts up in Cherokee, hers is one face you might expect to see —...

8/18/2015

article Trial against Cherokee Bear Zoo can proceed
(North Carolina) -- A trial date for a lawsuit against Cherokee Bear Zoo was set Tuesday to start Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North...

8/17/2015

article Cherokee Children’s Home officially opens
(North Carolina) -- The new Cherokee Children’s Home officially opened its doors on Friday, Aug. 14 at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location on Goose Creek...

8/12/2015

article Chief candidates square off: Debate gets candidates on record about issues
(North Carolina) -- Whether from a seat in the auditorium or at home on the couch, more than 1,000 Cherokee people blocked out Thursday night (Aug. 6) to see the people...

8/11/2015

article Harrah’s to open new casino in North Carolina this fall
(North Carolina) -- A new Harrah’s casino is set to open next month just a couple of hours away from Knoxville. The $100 million casino and hotel destination is...

8/10/2015

article Cherokee Casino Hotel expects fall completion date
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland is eying a fall opening for the hotel portion of its new $80 million “premier entertainment development....
article Countdown on for Opening of New Harrah's Casino, Hotel
(North Carolina) -- The new casino and hotel near Murphy, in Cherokee County, is set to open next month. Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel says it will...

8/6/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino awaits infrastructure; opening September
(North Carolina) -- Lumpy Lambert is the General Manager of the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino, which is currently under construction just outside of Murphy...

8/5/2015

article Murphy casino on track for September open
(North Carolina) -- A new casino under construction outside of Murphy is coming along on schedule and on budget, according to General Manager Lumpy Lambert. “We...
article JLC, One Feather host Vice Chief candidate debate
(North Carolina) -- The two candidates for the Office of EBCI Vice Chief squared off in a presidential-style debate at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center on the...

8/4/2015

article Eastern Cherokee budget depends heavily on gaming revenues
(North Carolina) -- Gaming revenues are funding key programs and services for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Chief Michell Hicks, who...

8/3/2015

article The Riches Of Cherokee, North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- In 1813, the brave Cherokee leader Junaluska became a hero. He regretted it forever. Over a hundred Native Americans were recruited by him to join...
article Cherokee reclaim landmarks of ancient Asheville
(North Carolina) -- Where paddlers float in polyurethane kayaks around the bend of the French Broad River Park today, Cherokee ancestors may have raced dug-out canoes...

8/1/2015

article Loni Harwood Wins 2015 WSOP National Championship
(North Carolina) -- The fifth-ever WSOP National Championship, which took place at Harrah’s Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina, was completed late on Friday.

7/31/2015

article Chief Hicks proposes $557 million budget
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Michell Hicks proposed the annual budget (FY 2016), the last one of his term, to Tribal Council on Tuesday, July 28. The total amount...

7/29/2015

article OP/ED: Tribal council takes the wrong stand on openness
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal Council kicked us out again. Holly Kays, a reporter for The Smoky Mountain News, was told on July 9 to leave a meeting of the Cherokee...

7/25/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee announces CDP promotions
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (HCCR) and Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel (HCVR) announced the following Cherokee...

7/14/2015

article Tribe looking to overhaul Tax Code
(North Carolina) -- An ordinance, submitted by Principal Chief Michell Hicks, would overhaul the Tax Code of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians if passed. Ordinance No...

7/10/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee donates $30,000 to MANNA FoodBank
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort donated $30,000 to MANNA FoodBank for the organization’s 2015 fundraising efforts recently.
article Elvis Contest In Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- There are several Elvis sightings going on right now in Cherokee. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino is hosting the ultimate Elvis tribute artist contest...

7/9/2015

article Eastern Cherokee Band Recognized by EPA for Harnessing Rainwater
(North Carolina) -- Creative use of storm water and runoff has earned the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians kudos from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in...

7/1/2015

article Some alcohol permits could now be allowed in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- In Cherokee, alcohol could soon be available in more places than just Harrah’s Cherokee Casino following Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature on...

6/21/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley opening September; Job fair Tuesday
(North Carolina) -- After several delays, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino is now set to open near Murphy, North Carolina in September. A temporary casino was...

6/16/2015

article New Casino in Cherokee County, NC Will Bring Hundreds of Jobs to Area
(North Carolina) -- It's a big development for a small town in North Carolina, just 90 minutes from Chattanooga. NewsChannel 9 was allowed inside for an exclusive...

6/11/2015

article Lambert comes out ahead in Cherokee primaries
(North Carolina) -- fr lambertAs results poured in from the Primary Election for an open chief’s seat, Patrick Lambert’s campaign came out a clear winner,...

6/9/2015

article Tribal members honored in SCC pinning ceremonies
(North Carolina) -- Graduating students in eight of Southwestern Community College’s health sciences programs were honored during pinning ceremonies that took...

6/3/2015

article Dispute over Cherokee pay raises headed for court
(North Carolina) -- A group of Cherokee people angry over Tribal Council’s decision last fall to give itself a 15 percent pay raise and back pay is planning to...
article Cherokee tribe signs instructional agreement with UNC
(North Carolina) -- Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will have free opportunities to attend UNC Asheville as part of an instructional credit agreement...

5/20/2015

article MCKIE: What is Section 17?
(North Carolina) -- It’s been over a year since Tribal Council passed a resolution (No. 182 – 2014) authorizing a draft to be crafted for a Section 17...

5/18/2015

article Cherokee Friends share tribal culture with visitors
(North Carolina) -- The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has trained a group of cultural ambassadors to help visitors explore and experience the tribe's rich heritage...

5/14/2015

article Harrah's job fair held at Snowbird center
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino held a job fair last Thursday at the Snowbird Youth Center in Robbinsville. Dozens of people attended the...
article Cherokee actress to hold discussions for new project
(North Carolina) -- Actress DeLanna Studi, a Cherokee Nation citizen, announced her new project on Wednesday, May 13, “And So We Walked/An Artist’s Journey...

5/10/2015

article Tribal Council holds annual Awards Day
(North Carolina) -- Students who are EBCI tribal members from schools around western North Carolina were honored for their academic achievement at the annual Tribal...

5/7/2015

article Chief candidates weigh in on issues
(North Carolina) -- It’s election season in Cherokee, and with the long-time chief Michell Hicks opting not to seek re-election, five candidates are vying for the...

5/6/2015

article Cherokee Chief Won't Seek 4th Consecutive Term
(North Carolina) -- The Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Chief Michell Hicks has decided not to seek re-election. Hicks is only the second Chief...

5/5/2015

article UNC Asheville and Eastern Band of Cherokee Agreement
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the University of North Carolina Asheville have signed a formal agreement that may result in more members of...

5/1/2015

article UNC Asheville, Eastern Band of Cherokee sign agreement
(North Carolina) -- Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will have new opportunities to attend UNC Asheville as part of an instructional credit agreement that...
article Wolfe wears mantle of Cherokee culture as Beloved Man
(North Carolina) -- Most days you'll find Jerry Wolfe behind the ticket counter of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. He's reading a yellow-bound New Testament,...

4/29/2015

article Cherokee members threaten to sue over raises, back pay for elected officals
(North Carolina) -- When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted to give itself a hefty pay raise last fall — $10,000 extra a year plus tens of thousands in backpay for...

4/28/2015

article EBCI members dispute Cherokee Tribal Council pay increases
(North Carolina) -- As the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians faces a growing controversy over how top officials were paid recent raises — and how even former...

4/25/2015

article North Carolina Cherokees challenge Tribal Council pay raises
(North Carolina) -- In an unusually public fight, a Cherokee advocacy group is challenging a half-million dollars in extra pay the Tribal Council recently approved for...

4/23/2015

article North Carolina Cherokees challenge Tribal Council pay raises
(North Carolina) -- In an unusually public fight, a Cherokee advocacy group is challenging a half-million dollars in extra pay the Tribal Council recently approved for...

4/22/2015

press release Eastern Band of Cherokee Chief Named National Tribal Leader of the Year
(Texas) -- Michell Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), in Cherokee, N.C., has been named Tribal Leader of the Year by the Native...

4/21/2015

article New casino to host job fair in Snowbird
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel is hosting a job fair at the Snowbird Youth Center outside Robbinsville on Thursday, May 7...
article EDITORIAL: Get involved on Earth Day
(North Carolina) -- According to Earthday.net, Earth Day came into being in 1970. It was the brainchild of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin.

4/20/2015

article ON THE SIDELINES: Be more like Wally and the Beaver
(North Carolina) -- Lately, I’ve been watching a lot of the classic American television show Leave it to Beaver. One thing I’ve noticed is that Wally and the...

4/14/2015

article Cherokee Transportation Worker Killed in Head-On Wreck
(North Carolina) -- A Tribal transportation worker was killed in a head-on wreck Tuesday morning. It happened about 8 a.m. along Highway 19 in the Birdtown community....

4/8/2015

article Cherokee chief won’t seek another term
(North Carolina) -- In the years leading up to Michell Hicks’ first election in 2003, there was speculation that it had become impossible for anybody to win more...

4/6/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee to host WSOP National Championship
(North Carolina) -- The eleventh season of the WSOP Circuit will wrap up under the bright lights of the ESPN cameras with the 2015 WSOP National Championship – an...

3/27/2015

article Hopes of preserving Cherokee language rest with children
(North Carolina) -- Kevin Tafoya grew up hearing Cherokee all around him — his mother, a grandmother and grandfather, aunts and an uncle all spoke the language...

3/18/2015

article The Cherokee Tribal Fish Hatchery
(North Carolina) -- When most people think of eating fish in North Carolina, they think of the coast, of fishmongers like Mott’s Channel, or of reeling in one...

3/1/2015

article The argument for a basic income
(North Carolina) -- Earlier this year, I visited a town where residents are cut a check just for being alive. It's not some Scandinavian utopia. It's not part of...

2/21/2015

article EPA approves Tribe’s Water Quality Standards program
(Georgia) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been granted the authority by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the Water Quality...

2/20/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort partners with local production agency
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has announced the airing of two television commercials produced by local production company, Raven’s Eye...
article My Turn: Lingering questions remain regarding casino
(North Carolina) -- Most all of you know that I am not a news reporter and that I don't work for any news media. If I had chosen that career I would like to think I...
article Partial Parking Deck Collapse at Harrah's
(North Carolina) -- No injuries have been reported after a partial parking deck collapse at North Carolina's Harrah's Casino and Hotel on Thursday. Casino...

2/19/2015

article Part of Parking Deck Collapses at Harrah's Casino
(North Carolina) -- Part of the parking deck at the Harrah's Casino collapsed, Thursday afternoon. There's no word on any injuries at this time. It appears the...
article Section of parking deck at Harrah's Casino collapses
(North Carolina) -- No injuries have been reported after a partial parking deck collapse at Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel on Thursday. Some vehicles reportedly...

2/18/2015

article Murphy casino project on track for summer
(North Carolina) -- When the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board opted to get rid of the project manager position for its Murphy casino construction project last year...

1/21/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee employees donate 10,000 items to tribal public health
(North Carolina) -- Through a community service initiative led by the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Operations Division, employees collected 10,264 needed items...

1/20/2015

article Lambert retires as Executive Director of Gaming Commision
(North Carolina) -- At the Jan. 8 session of Tribal Council, Patrick Lambert announced his retirement from the Cherokee Tribal Gaming Commission. This will end his 22-...

1/18/2015

article Cherokee Casino Event [2nd Item]
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Nation Entertainment officials are celebrating the the topping out of the new Cherokee Casino & Hotel Roland at 11 a.m. Monday. The...

1/15/2015

article Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort unaffected by Caesars Chapter 11 filing
(North Carolina) -- Caesars Entertainment Operating Company (CEOC) announced on Thursday, Jan. 15 that it has voluntarily filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of...

1/5/2015

article Tribal Council holds work session on internet access
(North Carolina) -- A Tribal Council work session was held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 to discuss information technology and the future of the Eastern Band of Cherokee...

12/23/2014

article Cherokee cuts the ribbon on $26 million justice center, tribe’s first jail
(Oklahoma) -- It’s not every day that the scent of barbecue meatballs wafts through the open doors of a jail filled with smiling people wearing slacks, sport coats...
article Council excludes media from tribal meeting
(North Carolina) -- Though Cherokee Tribal Council meetings are broadcast live online and through tribal television — as well as recorded on DVDs — council...
article Macon requests funding for Cherokee gravesite memorial
(North Carolina) -- Plans to memorialize a Cherokee gravesite found earlier this year in the midst of construction for a new baseball tournament complex in Macon County...
article Questions continue about Cherokee council raises
(North Carolina) -- It’s been two months since Cherokee Tribal Council members voted to increase their salaries by $10,800 — and receive backpay for the...
article WCU assists with Cherokee documentary
(North Carolina) -- Two Western Carolina University faculty members assisted on a recently released award-winning film that chronicles efforts to revitalize the Cherokee...

12/16/2014

article WCU faculty assist with award-winning Cherokee language documentary
(North Carolina) -- Two Western Carolina University faculty members assisted on a recently released award-winning film that chronicles efforts to revitalize the Cherokee...

12/10/2014

article Legal or not? Cherokee council votes themselves a pay raise, public protests
(North Carolina) -- There wasn’t much discussion in the chamber Oct. 14 when Cherokee Tribal Council passed its budget for 2014-15. But as news of backpay and a $...

12/4/2014

article Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort donates $5,000 to ALS Association
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, along with its employees, recently raised $5,000 for the ALS Association. Harrah’s Cherokee employees...

12/1/2014

article Harrah’s Cherokee named Outstanding Business in Philanthropy
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort was selected as the recipient of WNC Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) 2014 Outstanding...
article Tribal communities honored by WNC Communities
(North Carolina) -- WNC Communities celebrated 65 years of community achievement through the WNC Honors Awards Program held on Saturday, Nov. 22. Over 250 community...

11/26/2014

article Harrah's Cherokee Casino recognized for philanthropy
(North Carolina) -- There's more to Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort than slot machines and blackjack tables. The 17-year-old institution was recently named the...
article New management at Cherokee golf course
(North Carolina) -- Sequoyah National Golf Club has come out in the red every year since it first opened in 2009, but the Cherokee golf course’s new general...

11/24/2014

article Excitement Builds for New Cherokee Indian Hospital
(North Carolina) -- With an emotional blessing of the land, participants broke ground on a 150,000 sq. ft. (13,935 sq m) Cherokee Indian Hospital and clinical space that...

11/12/2014

article Working to preserve ‘Cherokee Traditions’
(North Carolina) -- In writing the text for an exhibition on Cherokee culture a few years ago, I began with this opening line, “Chances are, where you are standing...

11/5/2014

article YIKES: ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Update: Uncle Poodle Says Mama June’s Sex Offender Ex Got Close To Alanna Thompson Once
(North Carolina) -- Mama June came under fire when it was revealed she may be back with sex offender ex Mark McDaniel, and Uncle Poodle (Lee Thompson) is having none of...

10/24/2014

article New Cherokee Indian Hospital is 'topped out'
(North Carolina) -- To the cheers of tribal leaders, members and visitors, the new $75-million Cherokee Indian Hospital was topped out Friday, marking completion of the...

10/10/2014

article Franklin passes resolution to keep Nikwasi, allow Cherokee maintenance
(North Carolina) -- Franklin leaders made their intention to keep Nikwasi Mound in town possession clear this week, rejecting a formal call from the Eastern Band of...

9/26/2014

article Bet on having fun: More to Harrah’s than games
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort is just over an hour from Asheville. But walk through the doors of this big flashy complex and it’s like...

9/22/2014

article Harrah’s Cherokee employees donate to Cherokee PHHS
(North Carolina) -- Through a community service initiative led by the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Operations division, employees collected 10,264 needed items...

9/20/2014

article Tribe told to end veterans services
(North Carolina) -- Services that have been offered for years to Lumbee veterans through the Lumbee Tribal Government can no longer be funded by federal money provided...

9/14/2014

article Nancy Williams: Mom heads to casino, as sons disapprove
(North Carolina) -- The morning after my maiden voyage to Harrah's in Cherokee, I asked College Son, "if I go out on Friday night and come home in the wee hours...

9/10/2014

article Mars Hill University renews agreement with Eastern Band
(North Carolina) -- Representatives from Mars Hill University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians this week signed an agreement “solidifying and renewing the...

9/7/2014

article Cherokee Calls for Return of Sacred Mound
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee leaders say the Town of Franklin is not properly caring for one its sacred mounds. Now they want the deed to the land back.

9/4/2014

article Eastern Band of Cherokee aids effort to save fish
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies in an attempt to save an endangered fish...

9/2/2014

article Tribal Council files Motion to Intervene on Paul’s Diner case
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council has filed a motion in a case involving a restaurant in the Yellowhill Community.

8/27/2014

article Harrah’s Cherokee donates $15,000 to NC Senior Games
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has donated $15,000 to the North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. (NCSG) for its annual Senior Games state finals....

8/25/2014

article Eastern Cherokees resist Catawba Nation casino in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians don't want the Catawba Nation to open a casino in North Carolina. The Eastern Cherokees operate the Harrah...
article Injunction filed on Paul’s Diner case
(North Carolina) -- The fate of a Cherokee restaurant might lie with a complaint filed in Cherokee Tribal Court on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Hannah Smith, EBCI Office of the...

8/23/2014

article Gambling competition for Catawbas looms over growth in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- To see why the Catawba Indian Nation is pressing hard for a $339 million casino in Cleveland County, look to the mountains.
article New casino games fuel growth in Cherokee, even as potential for gambling competition looms
(North Carolina) -- On a sunny summer afternoon, the yellow earth-movers clanked and roared as they carved into the lush green mountains, scraping at the red dirt to...

8/8/2014

article N.C. Attorney General addresses Tribal Council
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper addressed Tribal Council on Friday, Aug. 8 and discussed many topics ranging from DNA evidence to illegal...

8/7/2014

article Senator Hagan visits Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) visited Cherokee on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and met with tribal leaders while touring sites around the reservation. She met with...

7/30/2014

article Cherokee chief testifies before Senate on tribal gaming
(North Carolina) -- Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, told a U.S. Senate committee in testimony on July 23, that gaming on the...

7/28/2014

article Chief Hicks testifies at Senate gaming hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Principal Chief Michell Hicks told a U.S. Senate committee in testimony on Wednesday, July 23 that gaming on the Cherokee reservation has had a...
article Swimmer sworn-in as Cherokee Clerk of Court
(North Carolina) -- Leslie Shannon Swimmer, an EBCI tribal member from the Painttown Community, was sworn-in as the new Clerk of Court for the Cherokee Tribal Court on...

7/26/2014

article New Kituwah holds Pre-K Graduation
(North Carolina) -- Eight students from the New Kituwah Academy graduated from Pre-Kindergarten during a ceremony at the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center on Friday...

7/17/2014

article GOLF: PGA Pro-Am held at Sequoyah National
(North Carolina) -- PGA professionals and golf amateurs from all over the Carolinas converged on The Sequoyah National Golf Club on Monday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 15...

7/15/2014

article NC casino sets Guinness World Record for largest Elvis gathering
(North Carolina) -- There may have been a lot of blue suede shoes at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on Saturday. Hundreds of Elvis Presley fans and impersonators...

6/28/2014

press release Jon Proudstar cast as Cherokee warrior Dragging Canoe in upcoming dramatic film
(North Carolina) -- Jon Proudstar, who has appeared in several Hollywood films including Geronimo and Into The West, will portray the legendary warrior Dragging Canoe in...

6/18/2014

article Tribal board eliminates Murphy construction management position
(North Carolina) -- Two months after a management shake-up in which the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise removed construction manager Sneed, Robertson and Associates from...

6/11/2014

article Tsali, Harrah’s team up for annual Senior Celebration
(North Carolina) -- Nearly 600 seniors from seven surrounding counties in Western North Carolina gathered at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort for the 23rd annual...

6/9/2014

article NC GOP lightens stance on gambling14 hours ago
(North Carolina) -- The NC Republican State Convention is over. State conventions typically mark the official beginning of state and national campaigns.
article NCGOP holds Convention in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina Republican Party (NCGOP – “Grand Ol’ Party) held its Convention at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort this...
article Some Republicans sit out, others test their luck in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Jacque Esslinger packed a jar of quarters for her three-day trip to the North Carolina Republican Convention at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.
article Remembering The Removal by looking ahead
(North Carolina) -- It was 175 years ago when the last of more than 20,000 Cherokees were forced from our ancestral lands in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and...

6/8/2014

article Fear and loathing in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- A political convention at a casino provided a rich lens to explore to explore the dichotomy of the N.C. Republican Party this weekend, one marked by...

6/4/2014

article Eastern Cherokees host state Republican convention at casino
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hosting the North Carolina Republican Party at its casino this weekend. Top Republicans will be at the Harrah...

5/28/2014

article EBCI to receive more than $4.8 million in Federal Highway Administration grants
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will receive more than $4.8 million in federal grants for highway repairs and economic development, according to...

5/8/2014

article Opt-In Regional Summit held in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- After 16 community workshops involving over 1,000 western North Carolina residents, Southwestern North Carolina’s Opportunity Initiative...

4/28/2014

article EBCI, Lambert growing Cherokee County’s Valley River Casino
(North Carolina) -- When it comes to gambling in Western North Carolina, the landscape is shifting to one tribal and casino leaders bet will have hard-to-ignore impacts...

4/9/2014

article Cherokee chief’s garden project promotes good health
(North Carolina) -- Continuing a program begun in 2004, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Principal Chief Michell Hicks last week handed out 750 springtime garden...
article Cherokee museum looks to the future
(North Carolina) -- The Museum of the Cherokee Indian has been having some trouble with its exhibit light and sound system lately, but that’s not too much of a...

4/8/2014

article NCDOT awards contract for access route to casino in Cherokee County
(North Carolina) -- The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to build an access road from U.S. 19/74/129 and Regal Road to the Eastern Band of...

4/5/2014

article Answer Woman: Casino smoking, traffic tubes
(North Carolina) -- You know how, when you’re having a crazy week, and you think to yourself “Man, I could really go for a Rubik’s Cube right now!...

4/1/2014

article Eastern Band of Cherokee distributes gardening kits
(North Carolina) -- Continuing a program begun in 2004, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Principal Chief Michell Hicks last week handed out 750 springtime garden...

3/28/2014

article Meet Native America: Michell Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- Please introduce yourself with your name and title. Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

3/26/2014

article Cherokee Foundation announces $1M in new grants
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Preservation Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants to 20 projects preserving the tribe’s heritage, promoting a green...

3/20/2014

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Break Ground on Hospital
(North Carolina) -- Work began on the new $75 million Cherokee Indian Hospital Tuesday as tribal leaders broke ground on the 150-thousand square foot facility. The...

3/19/2014

article Harrah’s Cherokee showcases careers for students
(North Carolina) -- Where can a high school student play with a mixing board, get a message, indulge in free smoothies and cupcakes, and learn about exciting career...

3/17/2014

article Report to Birdtown Community from Rep. Rose
(North Carolina) -- To the Members of Birdtown Community: I want to express my thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to serve our community and Tribe.

3/15/2014

article Report: Casino expansion = lower risk of childhood obesity
(North Carolina) -- Last year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians celebrated a massive casino expansion that has created new jobs and boosted the economy of the...

2/27/2014

article Duke study shows effect of casino money on Cherokee families
(North Carolina) -- Professor E. Jane Costello of the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy testified on Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on...

2/20/2014

article Eastern Cherokees set to open second casino by end of the year
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is working quickly to open a new casino in North Carolina.

2/19/2014

article Preparing For A New Casino
(North Carolina) -- By the end of this year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to have a small section of a new casino open in Cherokee County. Once up and...
article NC DOT to build bridge at casino site
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina transportation department has awarded a contract to build a bridge to the site of a casino under construction in Cherokee County.

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