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Eastern Band of Cherokee

12/1/2016

article Tribe’s Foster Care Program working for families
(North Carolina) -- The Foster Care Program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a huge responsibility on its shoulders and a huge workload to boot. As of...

11/27/2016

article Our View: Our gambling laws are a model of inconsistency
(North Carolina) -- It may have been the last hurrah, one final curtain call before the assembled media to talk about a gambling raid. It was a scene repeated often...

11/21/2016

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River casino attracting Atlanta gamblers
(North Carolina) -- It’s a few minutes before midnight on a Thursday, but it sounds more like a weekend crowd at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. A cluster of...

11/16/2016

article Witch hunt in tribal government?
(North Carolina) -- Tempers flared in Cherokee Tribal Council this month as some councilmembers alleged that a subset of their colleagues had gone rogue, holding...

11/15/2016

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River attracts Atlanta gamblers one year in
(North Carolina) -- It’s a few minutes before midnight on a Thursday, but it sounds more like a weekend crowd at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River. A cluster of...

11/8/2016

article Per capita loan program approved in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Twice each year, every Cherokee tribal member gets a payout of thousands of dollars — called a per capita payment — based on profits at...

10/25/2016

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians plan $100m data center
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to build a 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) data center in Cherokee County, North Carolina for $100m.

10/12/2016

article Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina is the target of two federal investigations, Chief Patrick Lambert confirmed. One is an audit...
article FBI investigating tribal housing authority
(North Carolina) -- A tribal authority tasked with helping tribal members find housing is under investigation by the FBI for “possible criminal conduct related to...

10/10/2016

article Cleveland pair faces drug charges at Harrah’s Casino
(North Carolina) -- A Cleveland couple face drug charges at the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino. On Friday, Cherokee Tribal Police called the Sheriff’s...

10/5/2016

article Casino board member loses fight to keep seat
(North Carolina) -- After a yearlong tug-of-war, Angela Kephart has vacated her post as a Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board member following the Cherokee Tribal...

10/1/2016

press release New book from Cherokee Museum describes Cherokee clothing in the 1700s
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Clothing in the 1700s: with Information from Previous and Following Centuries, by Barbara R. Duncan, has just been published by the Museum...

9/19/2016

article Heroin and opioid awareness summit in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Fighting heroin and prescription pill abuse will take a combined effort. That was the message at an awareness summit in Cherokee Monday. The U.S...

8/31/2016

article Drug use in Cherokee to come with a price
(North Carolina) -- Possessing drugs on the Qualla Boundary will get a lot more expensive following a decision this month to ratchet up fines for anyone — enrolled...

8/24/2016

article Cherokee council, chief tussle over veto power
(North Carolina) -- When the Cherokee Tribal Council voted last month to investigate hiring and firing practices in tribal government, Principal Chief Patrick Lambert...

8/16/2016

article Chief Lambert vetoes investigation on personnel issues
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council approved a measure earlier this month to wage an investigation into various personnel issues regarding tribal employees of the Eastern...

8/10/2016

article Cherokee council asks for investigation into hire-fire decisions
(North Carolina) -- Some members of the Cherokee Tribal Council are saying that something’s amiss in how hire-fire decisions are being made in tribal government,...
article Council approves independence for Employee Rights Office
(North Carolina) -- A second decision made during last week’s Cherokee Tribal Council meeting could affect how council’s decision to order a third-party...

8/3/2016

article Council shortens term of casino board member
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council narrowly passed a resolution last month that would shorten the term of embattled Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board member Angela...
article Protecting the past: Mounds hold key to understanding Cherokee history
(North Carolina) -- Following the Little Tennessee River miles away from modern civilization in Franklin — past the pavement and subdivisions and through the...

8/1/2016

article Bowling center coming to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians has officially broke ground on construction of a new 50,000 sq ft bowling complex for its Harrah’s...
article EBCI tribal government website redesigned, to be unveiled Aug. 8
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Patrick Lambert has announced Monday, Aug. 8 as the official launch date of a newly redesigned Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
article Cherokee's Miss Native American USA On Mission To Improve Dental Hygiene On Reservations
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee and its surroundings are known for mountain beauty, rich culture, and history. Of course, it's also home to North...

7/31/2016

article Bowling complex to be built at Harrah's Cherokee Casino
(North Carolina) -- A 50,000-square-foot, $13 million bowling complex will open in late 2017 at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, N.C. Leaders from the...

7/28/2016

article Tribe millions benefit Graham
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) may be Graham County’s best friend. According to EBCI Secretary of Treasury Eric Sneed, the...

7/20/2016

article Tribe, Harrah’s break ground on Bowling Center
(North Carolina) -- Next fall, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort will not only be filled with the sounds of gaming machines, a portion will be filled with the sounds...
article Mother who fled to Mexico to avoid custody dispute indicted by grand jury
(North Carolina) -- A 27-year-old Cherokee woman accused of taking her three children to Mexico to avoid dealing with the fathers of a children has been indicted by a...

7/19/2016

article Bowling and entertainment center coming to Cherokee next year
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee community broke ground for a new bowling center and entertainment complex on Tuesday. It's a joint venture between the Eastern Band...

7/18/2016

article Tribal Issues Advisory Group to stream public hearing
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Supreme Court Chief Justice William Boyum reports that the Tribal Issues Advisory Group (TIAG), an ad hoc advisory group to the United...

7/13/2016

article Tribal Council favors amending deceased man’s will
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Tribal Council is closer to finalizing a decision to revoke part of a former vice chief’s will, following its July meeting last week....

7/11/2016

article NPS to allow traditional gathering in Parks
(North Carolina) -- The National Park Service (NPS) is making a lot of ramp gatherers in Cherokee happy. Due to a change in NPS regulations, announced on Wednesday, June...

7/7/2016

article Cherokee Chief Justice appears on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee”
(North Carolina) -- As part of the Cherokee Courts continuing effort to bring attention to the inequities of tribal court jurisdiction and to highlight the US Supreme...

7/6/2016

article Tribe considering third North Carolina casino
(North Carolina) -- In an effort to get ahead of any potential future competition from neighboring Georgia, the Eastern Band Of The Cherokee Nation has announced that it...

7/5/2016

article Miss Cherokee report for May and June
(North Carolina) -- Siyo, greetings to all, I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of our former Vice Chief/Wolfetown Rep. Carroll “PeeWee...

7/3/2016

article Tribes gather for annual Cherokee Powwow
(North Carolina) -- Native American tribes from across the continent have gathered on the Cherokee reservation this weekend for the 41st-first annual Powwow.

6/29/2016

article Staggered payments for Cherokee Minors’ Fund
(North Carolina) -- When teen members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians come of age, they find themselves in sudden possession of a six-figure bank account. But...
article Cherokee history, culture institute
(North Carolina) -- The Museum of the Cherokee Indian will offer the Cherokee History and Culture Institute July 11-15 at the museum in Cherokee. The five-day institute...

6/27/2016

article Why Do Poor People Make Such Poor Decisions?
(North Carolina) -- Our efforts to combat poverty are often based on a misconception: that the poor must pull themselves up out of the mire. But a revolutionary new...
article WCU renews support for Cherokee language and culture
(North Carolina) -- Western Carolina University recently renewed an agreement with Cherokee tribes from North Carolina and Oklahoma in which the university pledges to...

6/21/2016

article Community benefitting from Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino And Hotel
(North Carolina) -- Since opening last year, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino And Hotel is posting good numbers and has had a positive effect on the overall...

6/17/2016

article Murphy's winning bet: New casino lifts region
(North Carolina) -- While more data will be available in September, when Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Casino and Hotel turns one year old, there are already...

6/15/2016

article Defendants in pay raises case ask for dismissal
(North Carolina) -- About 20 tribal members filled the audience benches in Cherokee Tribal Court last week, watching the first court hearing in a lawsuit decrying pay...

6/13/2016

article EBCI tribal leadership explores retail development
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians welcomed the Cordish Company, a retail development firm, to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort on Tuesday,...

6/10/2016

article After investigation, casino board member will keep her seat
(North Carolina) -- A casino board member who came under fire for possible “conduct unbecoming” of a public official will keep her post, following conclusion...
article N.C. Boxing Authority members visit Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Boxing and mixed martial arts events are growing in popularity, and in 2014/15, the North Carolina Boxing Authority issued more than 1,800 licenses...
article Dismissal motions in pay raise lawsuit heard in Tribal Court
(North Carolina) -- Motions to dismiss the lawsuit (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for Justice & Accountability v. Henry et. Al., Case No. CV 15-475) on the issue...

6/8/2016

article Cherokee council considers revoking part of former vice chief’s will
(North Carolina) -- The widow of a former Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians may be out of a home if Tribal Council decides to slash the portion of a...

6/3/2016

article Cherokee Voices offer 'real deal' of tribe's culture
(North Carolina) -- When Sonny Ledford dresses for work each day, he dons breechcloth and leggings, puckered buffalo skin moccasins and drapes around his neck silver...

5/30/2016

article Cherokee pauses to honor those who served
(North Carolina) -- A gentle breeze fell over Yellowhill Veterans Cemetery as Cherokee took a few moments on Monday morning to honor those who gave the ultimate...
article Chief’s Monthly Report for May
(North Carolina) -- I have a lot of good things to report to you for the past month that have been accomplished for our Tribe. We still have a long way to go to get our...

5/27/2016

article Eastern Cherokee elder translates 'Charlotte's Web' into Tsalagi
(North Carolina) -- Students at New Kituwah Academy, the immersion school operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, are getting to read a classic children's...

5/20/2016

article EDITORIAL: It takes money, education and trust to make money
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation is known as being the biggest economic engine in western North Carolina. Since the advent of the casino,...

5/18/2016

article Cherokee pays off millions of debt
(North Carolina) -- A massive load of debt left the shoulders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians last week following enactment of legislation to pay off $96 million...

5/15/2016

article Eastern Cherokee judge dismisses lawsuit filed by fired gaming officials
(North Carolina) -- Three gaming commissioners who were fired by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina lost a lawsuit in tribal court, The Cherokee One...

5/13/2016

article Former TGC commissioners’ lawsuit dismissed
(North Carolina) -- A lawsuit filed in Tribal Court by three former Tribal Gaming Commissioners has been dismissed. Donald Rose, TGC Chairman, was removed from the...

5/11/2016

article DEBT-FREE: Tribe pays off hospital, waste water treatment plant loans
(North Carolina) -- Five days after Tribal Council approved legislation to pay off the loans on the new Cherokee Indian Hospital and the Cherokee Waste Water Treatment...

5/4/2016

article The “hidden” world of the Cherokee Indians
(North Carolina) -- When I worked for the Eastern Band of Cherokees as a grants writer, I became addicted to the “lost or hidden” history of the Cherokees....

5/3/2016

article Horrible Cherokee Bear Zoo Doesn’t Violate Endangered Species Act, Says Judge
(North Carolina) -- Four sad grizzly bears living in concrete pits will get no salvation from a federal court in North Carolina. As miserable as their lonely lives are,...

5/2/2016

article Cherokee council to vote on marijuana study, free press
(North Carolina) -- At its Thursday, May 5, meeting, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Tribal Council is slated to take up two increasingly debated issues: the...

4/25/2016

article Tourism Overview presented to Cherokee businesses
(North Carolina) -- The EBCI Destination Marketing Program and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce met at the Fairfield Inn in Cherokee for breakfast and a time of sharing...

4/23/2016

article Salvatore DiCarlo Wins 2015/16 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee $580 No-Limit Hold’em
(North Carolina) -- Ring Event #9 of the 2015/16 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee schedule has its winner – Salvatore DiCarlo from Las Vegas, Nevada, who...

4/20/2016

article Harrah’s Casino parking-deck troubles mount
(North Carolina) -- A ramp in the parking garage at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort collapsed Friday, April 15, causing one minor injury. Visitors have been...
article 133-year-old newspaper donated to Museum
(North Carolina) -- Joel Nelson, owner of a Civil War shop in Chickamauga, Ga., and his wife, Martha, planned a trip to Cherokee for this week. Before he left home, he...

4/18/2016

article Another parking deck collapse at Harrah’s Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort security officials were directing traffic around the casino parking deck on the afternoon of Friday, April 15...
article Part of parking deck ramp collapses at Cherokee casino
(North Carolina) -- Officials at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino say a part of a ramp at the casino’s parking garage in the North Carolina mountains has collapsed....

4/17/2016

article Bill would return state land to Cherokees
(Tennessee) -- A congressional bill seeking to return 76 acres of tribal land along the Little Tennessee River to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is making its way...
article Big Win For Georgia Swarm on Native American Heritage Game Day Celebration
(Georgia) -- Amid the sights and sounds of a Native American Heritage game day celebration sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Georgia Swarm (5-9)...

4/15/2016

article Parking garage ramp collapses at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
(North Carolina) -- Crews are working on a ramp collapse that happened at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort parking garage. Sherri Booth, a spokesperson for the...
article Part of Cherokee casino parking deck collapses
(North Carolina) -- The first floor ramp of the Harrah's Cherokee Casino's parking garage collapsed Friday morning, a spokesperson wrote in an email.
article Portion of Harrah's casino parking garage ramp collapses
(North Carolina) -- First responders were on the scene at a Harrah’s casino in Cherokee, North Carolina after a portion of the parking garage apparently collapsed...

4/13/2016

article Casino board member under investigation
(North Carolina) -- A member of Cherokee’s Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise board is under investigation following a public uproar surrounding her alleged behavior...
article Cherokee Bear Zoo survives lawsuit
(North Carolina) -- After two-and-a-half years of litigation, the verdict is in on the Cherokee Bear Zoo — the case is dismissed, and business may continue as...

4/12/2016

article EBCI joins Eastern Shawnee in joint repatriation, reburial
(North Carolina) -- In an unique collaboration, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) joined Eastern Shawnee tribal officials...

4/10/2016

article Following in Cherokee footsteps across WNC
(North Carolina) -- Crossing the green field and climbing the hill, Lamar Marshall stops and unfolds his topo map from his backpack. This wind-whipped summit overlooking...

4/7/2016

article OP/ED: Handouts Are Often Better Than a Hand Up
(USA) -- WHEN we talk about how the United States can be more competitive with the rest of the world, childhood poverty rarely comes up. Yet America has a higher rate of...

4/6/2016

article Corruption found in preliminary Cherokee audit results
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Patrick Lambert bore the look of a man on a mission when he presented Tribal Council with a first look at results of an ongoing...
article Cherokee re-examines adventure park idea
(North Carolina) -- After four years of hibernation, Cherokee’s plan to build a one-of-a-kind family adventure park is back on the table. In 2012, Tribal Council...

4/5/2016

article Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort to host WSOP Global Casino Championship this August
(North Carolina) -- The World Series of Poker Circuit will end its 12th season with the 2016 World Series of Poker Global Casino Championship, an event scheduled for...

4/4/2016

article Tribal Council confirms the removal of three gaming commissioners
(North Carolina) -- ribal Council, the Executive Office and the three ex-gaming commissioners (Bob Blankenship, Don Rose and Sheila Brown) had legal counsel in tow for a...

4/2/2016

article Cherokee Indian Tribe to partner for program
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina School for the Deaf is forming a special summer program for students as a way to honor a former teacher, coach and alumni who recently...

3/30/2016

article Gaming commissioners argue for their jobs back
(North Carolina) -- After being ousted from their jobs when the September elections brought a new Tribal Council and executive administration, the three people who had...

3/25/2016

article Eastern Cherokees debate $92M family-friendly 'adventure park'
(North Carolina) -- Leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina are once again considering a $92 million family-friendly "adventure park...

3/23/2016

article Cherokee implements full-circle rehabilitation for drug recovery
(North Carolina) -- It’s been a while since the old Mountain Credit Union building in Cherokee saw foot traffic from people looking to deposit checks or get...

3/21/2016

article Chief seeks new policies governing Cherokee Language credits
(North Carolina) -- High school students in North Carolina have been able to use credits earned in Cherokee Language courses towards their “foreign language...

3/17/2016

article Increased tribal preference for casino work sought by Eastern Cherokees
(North Carolina) -- It is likely the ordinance that outlines preference rules for tribally owned businesses will be changed in the near future. The rules affect contract...
article Push to certify teaching Cherokee language
(North Carolina) -- Leaders in Swain County and Cherokee are looking at ways to streamline the ability to teach the Cherokee language. Swain County educators say federal...

3/16/2016

article Eastern Cherokees seek more tribal preference for casino work
(North Carolina) -- Members and leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are seeking to strengthen the tribe's preference laws, especially when it comes to...
article Tribe looks to strengthen preference laws for tribal businesses
(North Carolina) -- Change is likely coming to the ordinance outlining preference rules for tribally owned businesses. The rules come into play when bidding contracts...
article Tribe looks to strengthen preference laws for tribal businesses
(North Carolina) -- Change is likely coming to the ordinance outlining preference rules for tribally owned businesses. The rules come into play when bidding contracts...

3/14/2016

article Visit NC 365 Conference held in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Once deemed the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism, the 2016 Visit NC 365 Conference was held in Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort...
article EDITORIAL: Springing into outdoor tourism
(North Carolina) -- By the time this edition hits the newsstands, we will be days away from the March 21 kick off to springtime. After a lackluster winter with very few...

3/4/2016

article TERO Commission working on Ordinance changes
(North Carolina) -- Ernest Tiger, an EBCI tribal member and businessman, is unhappy with the current laws and structure of the Tribal Business Preference Law and the...

2/29/2016

article Tribal Council Chairman’s Report for February 2016
(North Carolina) -- I traveled with members of tribal council to Washington, D.C. for the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Impact Week on Feb. 7-11 and to the...
article Cherokee Look for Ways to Save Their Dying Language
(North Carolina) -- In a cozy house in a bucolic valley, a handful of students gather weekly to learn how to speak the language of their Cherokee ancestors. The Cherokee...

2/26/2016

article Chief Lambert meets with President, testifies on House bill
(Washington D.C.) -- Principal Chief Patrick Lambert recently took his first official trip to Washington, DC as the leader of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians....

2/22/2016

article TCGE sues construction companies in parking deck collapse
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise (TCGE) of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has filed a lawsuit in federal court against several construction...

2/15/2016

article Eastern Band seeks $4M for collapse of casino parking lot deck
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is seeking at least $4 million in damages in connection with the collapse of a parking deck at the North...

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...

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