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Eastern Band of Cherokee

11/14/2018

article Tribal housing reorganization still stalled
(North Carolina) -- For the second time in less than a month, an ordinance that would abolish the Qualla Housing Authority and place all Cherokee’s housing...

11/12/2018

press release Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort hosts WNC forum on drug and human trafficking
(North Carolina) -- On Thursday, Nov. 8, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC hosted a forum on drug and human trafficking with local law enforcement...

11/10/2018

article Principal Chief’s Report for Nov. 9
(North Carolina) -- Shiyo tribal members! The past few weeks have been very busy for myself and my staff. We were involved with Halloween events, regional meetings, and...

11/5/2018

article Court of Appeals to hold oral arguments in Cherokee Tribal Court
(North Carolina) -- The United States Court of Appeals will make history by holding oral arguments for the first time in Indian Country at the Cherokee Tribal Court on...

11/3/2018

article Cherokee students learn about their roots during visit to Chieftains
(North Carolina) -- Students from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee high school on the Qualla Boundary in North Carolina are learning about their tribal roots this...

11/2/2018

article Tribe set to issue largest per capita distribution
(North Carolina) -- Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will enjoy the largest single period per capita distribution in the Tribe’s history this...

10/31/2018

article Cherokee considers abolishing Qualla Housing
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Tribal Council is considering disbanding the Qualla Housing Authority, an organization that was formed in 1993 to create and maintain...

10/29/2018

article Tribe’s current operations secretary could be commissioner
(North Carolina) -- It depends on the election results in Jackson County, but should Commissioner Ron Mau (R-Jackson) succeed in his bid to become chair, Tribal...

10/28/2018

article North Carolina Cherokee Say The Race To Save Their Language Is A Marathon
(North Carolina) -- Jakeli Swimmer keeps a little black notebook nearby while he teaches. The worn pages of the spiral notebook are covered in his scrawled notes and...

10/25/2018

article A story from this American Indian reservation has important lessons for America’s young voter turnout problem
(North Carolina) -- Voting is an integral part of the democratic process. But each election cycle, voter turnout is much lower in the United States than in other parts...

10/24/2018

article Beloved Man Chief Youngdeer laid to rest
(North Carolina) -- Flags of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United States flew in the gentle breeze at the entrance of Cherokee Central Schools as the...

10/21/2018

article Beloved Man Chief Youngdeer passes away
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has lost a great leader, man, and servant. Beloved Man Robert S. Youngdeer, a former Principal Chief, passed...

10/17/2018

article Council representative seeks lower threshold for contracts
(North Carolina) -- Currently, contracts with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians that are $50,000 or higher in value require approval of the Business Committee before...

10/16/2018

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians chief voices support for Elizabeth Warren
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians issued a statement largely supporting Sen. Elizabeth Warren's recent DNA test to confirm her Native American...
article COMMENTARY: Tribal Higher Education providing opportunities for Cherokee students
(North Carolina) -- Comet Financial Intelligence’s website (www.cometfi.com) has a ticker that updates every few seconds showing the total student loan debt for...

10/12/2018

article Tribal budget looks to shrink spending
(North Carolina) -- As the 2019 fiscal year begins for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the tribe is operating under a recently passed budget that trims $40.4...

10/8/2018

article EDITORIAL: 2019 Tribal Elections
(North Carolina) -- Although to make law, the election year has been shortened to begin January; we are now within 12 months of our tribal elections. At that time, we...

10/3/2018

article Two Dems in high-profile superior court race
(North Carolina) -- You’ve probably seen the billboards by now, if not for months. Or, you’ve seen the candidates out campaigning in person — incumbent...

10/1/2018

article Valley River Casino excels at three-year anniversary
(North Carolina) -- While the decision to open a casino on tribal land in Cherokee County was a controversial one, it was a decision that has paid off for the tribe. As...
article Healthy lifestyles to be on display at Cherokee Indian Fair
(North Carolina) -- This year’s Cherokee Indian Fair will start on Tuesday, Oct. 2 with the annual parade which will be led by the Remember the Removal Ride (RTR)...

9/26/2018

article Cherokee widens window 
for election law changes
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council extended its deadline to complete a slew of amendments to its election ordinance with a unanimous vote during its Sept. 6 meeting....

9/24/2018

article Four local candidates have tribal connections
(North Carolina) -- With the general election set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, it’s a non-election year for tribal offices. Yet, the impact of these elections is no less...

9/22/2018

article Cherokee cultural panels unveiled for Cowee site kiosks
(North Carolina) -- Panels featuring Cherokee history of the Cowee Mound and area were unveiled during a ceremony near the site on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 22....

9/21/2018

article COMMENTARY: Dementia in Indian Country
(North Carolina) -- The most common question I get asked is, “What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?” Dementia is an umbrella term...
article Tribe approves FY19 budget
(North Carolina) -- The Charter and Governing Document of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians requires a proposed budget be presented to Tribal Council by the first day...

9/19/2018

article Cherokee from the heart: Beloved Woman reflects on a wandering life rooted in Cherokee language
(North Carolina) -- If anyone ever had an excuse to leave her hometown and never return, it would be Myrtle Driver Johnson. Born May 21, 1944, to a mother who didn...

9/17/2018

article Messages from the Drum: Tribal member launches web radio show
(North Carolina) -- Beverly Bushyhead, MA, MPA, is combating the notion that Native Americans and First Nations people are extinct. The EBCI tribal member, who...
article Hurricane Florence Wreaks Havoc on Carolinas, But Harrah’s Cherokee Resorts, Casino Boats Spared
(North Carolina) -- Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression, is responsible for the deaths of at least 18 people in the Carolinas.The deadly storm...

9/15/2018

article Tribal member covers Florence’s worst
(North Carolina) -- Journalists often take major risks just to tell their stories and provide us with information. They’ve been in the middle of the worst, from...

9/14/2018

article Chief Sneed declares State of Emergency for Tribe
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed (seated) signs a Proclamation declaring a State of Emergency for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on Friday,...

9/13/2018

article Aaron Lewis concert at Harrah's Cherokee Casino canceled
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino announced Thursday that the Aaron Lewis concert scheduled for Friday, September 14 has been canceled. Hurricane...

9/12/2018

article Cherokee strengthens free press law
(North Carolina) -- Free press law in Cherokee got a little more free following Tribal Council’s passage of amendments to the tribe’s Free Press Act Sept. 6...
article McCoy alleges political motivation in marriage fraud prosecution
(North Carolina) -- While the federal marriage fraud case that’s been the topic of much discussion on the Qualla Boundary over the past year is winding down, FBI...
article Sneed appointed interim clerk of court
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Chief Justice Kirk Saunooke appointed Heather Sneed, the assistant clerk of court, to serve as interim clerk for the Cherokee Tribal Court...

9/11/2018

article Tribe completes largest repatriation, reburial to date
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal Historic Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has completed the largest repatriation and reburial of human remains...

9/10/2018

article Council passes free press law changes
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council passed amendments to the Free Press Act, during its regular session on Thursday, Sept. 6., that granted protections for anonymous...
article Tribe and region prepare for Hurricane Florence
(North Carolina) -- With states of emergency declared in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, emergency management officials in the counties in western North...
article Human Resources ordinance tabled again
(North Carolina) -- Legislation that would take the Division of Human Resources out from under the general purview of the tribal government of the Eastern Band of...

9/7/2018

article Chief Sneed announces candidacy for USET president
(North Carolina) -- The Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is seeking to become the president of an organization representing 27 federally...
article Council passes changes to tribal drug court
(North Carolina) -- It initially appeared to be a proposal to repeal the tribal drug court, but a substitute ordinance actually made for an easier process for addicted...

8/29/2018

article Cherokee Indian Police Dept. introduces new community security cameras
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Indian Police Department is having 10 Tsunami Security Cameras installed that will be placed throughout Cherokee. These Tsunami Cameras...

8/22/2018

article Rep. Wilson appointed to WCU Cherokee Center Advisory Board
(North Carolina) -- Wolftown Rep. Jeremy Wilson, a Western Carolina University graduate, has been appointed to the WCU Cherokee Center Advisory Board. The appointment...
article History through story: Cherokee storyteller seeks to preserve historical memory with filming project
(North Carolina) -- Kathi Littlejohn can get lost in stories. Especially Cherokee stories. Their origins are often moored in worlds long past, but these stories have a...

8/17/2018

article Tribe to consider changes to free press
(North Carolina) -- The use of anonymous sources in the Cherokee One Feather currently has no protection on the Qualla Boundary. However, if an ordinance introduced to...
article Tribe works to preserve voting precinct on tribal land
(North Carolina) -- Representatives of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians were able to preserve a Cherokee One-Stop Voting Precinct to be located at the Wolftown Gym...
article Council approves help for Snowbird Fire Department
(North Carolina) -- A volunteer fire department serving a tribal community could get some help in obtaining vital and updated equipment to fight fires. Tribal Council...

8/16/2018

article Last of three defendants sentenced for robbing Cherokee elder
(North Carolina) -- Kasey Lynn Keffer, 40, of Sylva, was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 16 to 100 months in prison and three years of supervised release on robbery charges...

8/15/2018

article Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River adds ‘multi-tainment center,’ sister property expanding again
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River has a couple of new attractions – the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center and a much-needed sit-down...
article Cherokee looks to increase retirement vesting period
(North Carolina) -- Pension plan double-dipping is prompting the Cherokee Tribal Council to consider tripling the number of years required to draw from the tribe’s...

8/14/2018

article LETTER: Tribal member disagrees with contribution to football stadium
(North Carolina) -- The recent decision made by Tribal Council to make a one-time contribution to Graham County Schools in the amount of $100,000 shows just how much...

8/9/2018

article LETTER: Wants sports gaming
(North Carolina) -- The estimate given in the One Feather was $250,000,000. Not a small chunk of change by any measure. Enormous as that number seems, would you believe...

8/8/2018

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues casino expansion work
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues to expand its flagship gaming facility in North Carolina. The Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort will...
article Tribe to expand casino parking
(North Carolina) -- New parking is coming to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino following the Cherokee Tribal Council’s unanimous vote Aug. 2 to transfer a 4.7-acre...
article Tribal member sues over alleged workplace hostility, harassment
(North Carolina) -- A Cherokee woman who successfully fought off disorderly conduct charges earlier this year has filed suit against nine parties in the Eastern Band of...

8/2/2018

article EBC Tribal Court Judgment Summary for Aug. 1
(North Carolina) -- Judgement Summaries from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Court for August 1st, 2018.
article 'We try hard to teach these kids Cherokee'
(North Carolina) -- The New Kituwah Academy opened its doors in 2009 with a full-immersion Cherokee language program for children ranging from infants to eighth-graders.

8/1/2018

article Cherokee debates election laws
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is in the midst of an effort to overhaul its elections laws, with a Sept. 30 deadline to take a final vote if...

7/28/2018

article Cherokee Indians may gain right to harvest sochan from Great Smokies
(North Carolina) -- For thousands of years, the Cherokee looked forward to spring in Western North Carolina, for the return of warm days, and for the blooming of sochan...

7/25/2018

article Cherokee to seek $280 million in credit for construction
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will seek $280 million in credit to fund a list of five priority projects following a 9-2 vote during Tribal...

7/19/2018

press release UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Harrah's Cherokee Valley River Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino, construction/design teams, and guests celebrated the grand opening of the new bowling and entertainment...

7/18/2018

article Cherokee hospital to build $39 million crisis unit
(North Carolina) -- Long-debated plans to renovate the old Cherokee Indian Hospital building as a crisis stabilization unit will now move forward following a 9-2 vote...
article New Law Will Help Preserve Cherokee Language
(North Carolina) -- Last month, North Carolina General Assembly members passed legislation that will allow Cherokees without degrees or certification to teach the tribe...
article Tribal member completes run to Oklahoma
(North Carolina) -- Kallup McCoy II left Kituwah on the morning of May 14, and a month-and-a-half and many grueling miles later, he finished his journey. In order to...

7/16/2018

article Miss Cherokee Faith Long honored at National UNITY Conference
(California) -- Over 2,400 native youth gathered at the 42nd United National Indian Tribal Youth Conference in San Diego, where Miss Cherokee 2017-18 Faith Long was...

7/14/2018

article Cherokee man believes Chief Pontiac didn't belong at Harry's on the Hill
(North Dakota) -- A statue of an Indian chief was removed from an Asheville auto dealership Friday. The statue of Chief Pontiac, an 18th century Ottawa ware chief, stood...

7/11/2018

article Murphy casino reports growth
(North Carolina) -- Now nearing its third birthday, the Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel in Murphy is seeing strong numbers as it heads toward the...
article EBCI Remember the Removal Riders welcomed home
(North Carolina) -- As the sun heated small puddles of water from an early morning rain, eight members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians road bicycles to...

7/6/2018

article Eastern Band citizen completes running Trail of Tears Benge Route
(North Carolina) -- After running 777 miles of the Trail of Tears’ Benge Route, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizen Kallup McCoy II completed his run on June...

7/3/2018

article EBCI purchases land for housing projects
(North Carolina) -- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed on June 25 formally approved the purchase of nearly 200 acres of land in Jackson...

6/27/2018

article Groundbreaking ceremony held for Harrah's Cherokee expansion
(North Carolina) -- Officials broke ground on a new $250 million expansion to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Tuesday morning. The project is expected to add...
article Harrah's Cherokee expanding
(North Carolina) -- With the ground exposed from a months-long archaeological excavation, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, along with Tribal leaders, officially...
article Cherokee tribes condemn family separations
(North Carolina) -- The three Cherokee tribes joined voices last week to decry the recent surge of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a resolution passed...
article Tribal program emphasizing car seat safety
(North Carolina) -- According to the most recent statistics from the CDC, “In the United States, 663 children ages 12 years and younger died as occupants in motor...

6/26/2018

article Groundbreaking ceremony held for Harrah's Cherokee expansion
(North Carolina) -- Officials broke ground on a new $250 million expansion to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort, Tuesday morning. The project is expected to add...
article Tribal, gaming officials break ground on new Convention Center
(North Carolina) -- The previous expansion at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in 2013 was dubbed a “masterpiece”, and now tribal and gaming officials...

6/21/2018

article Cherokee Nation celebrates opening of Cherokee National Peace Pavilion
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation recently celebrated the opening of the Cherokee National Peace Pavilion, located just east of the Cherokee National Capitol building. More...

6/18/2018

article State banishment law increases penalty for those trespassing on tribal land
(North Carolina) -- A new North Carolina state law increases the penalty for those who have been banished from tribal lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who...

6/13/2018

article Board can now begin quest to diversify tribal revenue
(North Carolina) -- The Kituwah Economic Development Board is now ready to start pursuing expanded business opportunities for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians after...

6/10/2018

article UNC Asheville students and faculty seek out Cherokee history
(North Carolina) -- Sometimes you’re asked to help plan a reunion. Rarely, if ever, does it result in a $50,000 grant. But this was the case for Trey Adcock, UNC...

6/7/2018

article Kituwah Economic Development Board members, compensation approved
(North Carolina) -- For decades, leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have discussed ways to streamline the Tribe’s ability to do business faster and...

6/6/2018

article Cherokee votes no on alcohol
(North Carolina) -- A referendum vote asking Cherokee voters to OK a tribally owned beer, wine and liquor store off casino property failed on two fronts last week...
article EBCI Public Health and Human Services recognized as leader in Public Health Accreditation
(North Carolina) -- The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) awarded EBCI’s Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) at the 2018 National Tribal Public Health Summit...

6/1/2018

article Groundbreaking held for solar farm at Valley River
(North Carolina) -- The rain couldn’t stop the shovels from turning the dirt at the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s solar farm groundbreaking at Harrah’s...

5/30/2018

article Tribe looks to diversify business interests
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hoping to diversify its revenues beyond gaming through creation of a new limited liability company, to be...

5/25/2018

article Tribe looking at possibilities of sports betting enterprise
(North Carolina) -- Due to a recent Supreme Court ruling, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is considering getting into the sports betting industry. States and...

5/23/2018

article Cherokee to vote in alcohol referendum
(North Carolina) -- Increased alcohol availability could be on its way to the Qualla Boundary pending the outcome of a referendum vote slated for Thursday, May 31.

5/17/2018

article Settlement investigation complete, no wrongdoing found
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council launched an investigation in January following a settlement payout to seven former employees of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians....

5/16/2018

article Tribal Council media ban a mistake
(North Carolina) -- Symbolism is often just as important as reality. The decision by the Cherokee Tribal Council to ban all media from council chambers except the...
article Tribal Council media ban a mistake
(North Dakota) -- A security firm hired by the wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline is still trying to secure a license to practice in North Dakota. TigerSwan...

5/13/2018

article Tribal Entity Not Key To Harrah's Pay Suit, Ex-Worker Says [sub req]
(North Carolina) -- A former employee of the casino company Harrah’s told a North Carolina federal court Friday that a magistrate judge got it flat wrong when he...

5/9/2018

article Impeachment attorney banned from practicing law in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee attorney Robert Saunooke will no longer be allowed to practice law on the Qualla Boundary following a recent ruling from the Cherokee Tribal...
article Resolution to reverse Cherokee media ban withdrawn
(North Carolina) -- A resolution seeking to reverse a ban on non-Cherokee media outlets — enacted by the Cherokee Tribal Council Thursday, April 5 — was...

5/3/2018

article Is this the solution to poverty?
(North Carolina) -- The Holy Grail for development economists is to identify an affordable policy intervention that will help the poorest escape poverty. We know that...

4/27/2018

article Ban On Non-Cherokee Media In Tribal Council Chambers Sparks Free Press Debate
(North Carolina) -- In early April, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council member Tommye Saunooke called for Smoky Mountain News reporter Holly Kays to be...
article Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos Renew Georgia Swarm Sponsorship Deal For Three Seasons
(North Carolina) -- The 2017 NLL World Champion Georgia Swarm is proud to announce that Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has...
article Dylan Wilkerson wins WSOP Circuit Harrah's Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Ship it to Dylan Wilkerson… two times. The swanky Harrah's Cherokee in Cherokee, North Carolina hosted the last stop on the World Series...

4/25/2018

article Cherokee lands bill moves forward in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Following a 383-2 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation transferring the property to the tribe, the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article Georgia Swarm, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos renew deal
(Georgia) -- The 2017 NLL World Champion Georgia Swarm announced on Wednesday, April 25 that Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has...
article Cherokee lands bill moves forward in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- Following a 383-2 vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation transferring the property to the tribe, the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article Law gives Council chairman authority over chambers
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Tribal Council voted unanimously to formalize rules governing who has final authority over procedures in the council house, but the...
article N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction visits Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- A state official over North Carolina public schools visited western North Carolina on Monday, April 23 and included Cherokee Central Schools as a...

4/18/2018

article Tribe added to council of governments
(North Carolina) -- For the first time in the Southwestern Commission’s 53-year history, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a seat at the table.

4/11/2018

article Brewery controversy prompts tribe to examine naming rules
(North Carolina) -- After a contentious three-hour back-and-forth that followed an already full day at the Cherokee Council House, the Cherokee Tribal Council voted...
article Tribal transparency on shaky ground after media ban
(North Carolina) -- Allegations made by a member of Cherokee Tribal Council against a Smoky Mountain News reporter have resulted in a ban on all non-Cherokee media from...
article Officers in search of suspect responsible for death on Cherokee Indian Reservation
(North Carolina) -- Officers of the Cherokee Indian Police Department need your help finding the suspect responsible for a body found in a burned vehicle.

4/9/2018

article Renderings released for casino retail area
(North Carolina) -- Renderings have been released to the One Feather for the upcoming retail area at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Principal Chief Richard G....

4/7/2018

article Weighted vote issue debated in Tribal Council
(North Carolina) -- During last month’s Tribal Council regular session, four representatives vote for a measure, seven voted against, and one abstained. The...
article Tribe establishes Beloved Woman Committee, wall of honor
(North Carolina) -- Kimberly Smith, an EBCI tribal member, has studied the history of Beloved Women of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians since elementary school....

4/3/2018

article Tribal member gets candid about election experiences
(North Carolina) -- One Feather staff sat down recently with Mary “Missy” Crowe, an EBCI tribal member from the Yellowhill Community, who wished to express...

3/29/2018

article What to know about the ‘Gathering Rule’ – EBCI members gathering sochan in the park… next year
(North Carolina) -- With the passage of Resolution 6 (2017), the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal leadership committed funding to complete the required actions as...

3/28/2018

article Community members presenting draft Constitution for review
(North Carolina) -- After discussing the possibility of a Constitution for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at a community meeting in the Yellowhill Community in...

3/26/2018

article LETTER: Tribe should capitalize on Cherokee Bottled Water enterprise
(North Carolina) -- Isn’t it ironic how tribal leaders, and members alike, still seem to struggle with ideas of ways that would best benefit our Tribe when it...
article Cherokee Runners complete grueling races
(North Carolina) -- Several members of the Cherokee Runners have completed grueling races in the past month. Jimmy Oocumma and Chad Cooper, both EBCI tribal members,...

3/23/2018

article Siemens gets USD-2.36m solar project contract in N Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Siemens Government Technologies Inc, a US business of Germany's Siemens AG (ETR:SIE), on Thursday announced a USD-2.36-million (EUR 1.91m)...

3/22/2018

article Eastern Cherokee casino stocks new beer created by tribal citizens
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a new beer on tap at its casino in North Carolina. Normally, that might not be such big news. But "...

3/21/2018

article Alcohol referendum scheduled
(North Carolina) -- A referendum vote asking enrolled members to approve a tribally owned package store and ABC store selling beer, wine and liquor will be held Thursday...
article A beer by any other name: Brewery’s naming choices cause protest in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Over the past decade or so, the craft beer explosion has ricocheted throughout Western North Carolina, bouncing through the valleys and over the...

3/20/2018

article 2 female Cherokee tribal members operate brewery
(North Carolina) -- Two women in Cherokee are the first tribal members to operate a brewery. Morgan Owle-Crisp and Collette Coggins and two others have started Seven...

3/14/2018

article Drug crisis unit vote delayed in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Plans to build a crisis stabilization unit in Cherokee for people battling addictions stalled this month when Tribal Council, for the second month...

3/13/2018

article Contract signed for Fisher Branch housing
(North Carolina) -- The Birdtown Community will soon have a new housing development on Fisher Branch. A contract for the construction of the development was signed by...
article EBCI Beloved Man Jerry Wolfe passes away
(North Carolina) -- Jerry Wolfe, the first Beloved Man of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in over 200 years, passed away on Monday, March 12 at the age of 93. A...

3/12/2018

article Cherokee Removal Park hosting information sessions this month
(Tennessee) -- The Blythe Ferry Cherokee Removal Park will host a pair of informational sessions about Cherokee genealogy on Saturday, March 17. The first session,...

3/9/2018

article Audit questions some spending within Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(North Carolina) -- Leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are still looking into spending during the administration of a chief who was impeached, the tribe...

3/2/2018

article Tribal member encouraging recovery through education, podcast, example
(North Carolina) -- Kallup McCoy II, an EBCI tribal member, is a busy man. He can be found each day training for extreme running challenges, working on a podcast, and...

2/28/2018

article Groundbreaking held for housing complex in Painttown
(North Carolina) -- Tribal leaders and housing officials of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians gathered on the rainy afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 28 to break ground on...

2/27/2018

article Tribe offering $25,000 reward in ballot tampering case
(North Carolina) -- An audit of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ 2017 General Election and recounts alleges ballot tampering and voter fraud, and now tribal...

2/26/2018

article Body of missing Cherokee man found
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Emergency Dispatch received a report of a missing Man on Saturday, Feb. 17. Jamison Dean “Bear”...

2/19/2018

article Fly-fishing museum gets a new life
(North Carolina) -- After losing its lease in a building in downtown Cherokee, N.C., and not being offered an alternative site by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee...

2/16/2018

article Archaeological work at casino nearing completion
(North Carolina) -- Archaeological work at a site, steeped in Cherokee history, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, will wind up near the end of March. The site,...
article Tribal Casino Operator Seeks OK Of $3.7M Arbitral Award [sub req]
(North Carolina) -- The tribal operator of Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel has asked a North Carolina federal court to confirm a $3.7 million arbitration award...

2/14/2018

article Ballot tampering alleged in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- An audit investigating Birdtown’s disputed 2017 Tribal Council race has concluded that ballot tampering is the likely culprit, with alleged...

2/12/2018

article Principal Chief’s Report on USET, Washington trip
(North Carolina) -- Last week, I traveled with members of Tribal Council to attend the USET conference in Washington, DC. My attendance at the conference was limited...

2/4/2018

article Council approves alcohol referendum question
(North Carolina) -- Following a multi-day debate on alcohol issues, Tribal Council approved a referendum question dealing with the possible establishment of a tribal...

1/29/2018

article Owens among Cooper appointees to boards, commissions
(North Carolina) -- Former state House member Bill Owens is among the three local residents that Gov. Roy Cooper appointed to state boards last week.
article Principal Chief’s report for January 2018
(North Carolina) -- Work on our legislative agenda continues. This month, I have submitted a resolution for approval and support from Tribal Council. Several issues are...
article Cherokee Life Was Centered Around Seven Clans
(North Carolina) -- Town life was very organized for the Cherokee. Each family had a summer and winter home and in each town they would build council houses. They were...

1/26/2018

article Tribal member sentenced for string of hotel, business robberies
(North Carolina) -- U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger sentenced Stephen Russell Dean McCoy, 27, an EBCI tribal member of Cherokee, on Thursday, Jan. 25 to 108 months...

1/24/2018

article Tribe hires first-ever TABCC director
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission gained its first-ever director with the hire of Terri Henry, who began work on Monday, Jan. 22. As...

1/23/2018

article Three plead in state court to robbing tribal elder
(North Carolina) -- Mitchum Scott Turpin, Tilmon Gene Fortner, and Kasey Lynn Keffer, all of Sylva, have pleaded guilty in federal court in Asheville to one count each...

1/19/2018

article Bill to restore Eastern Cherokee homelands moves forward in Congress
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to return ancestral lands in Tennessee to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is moving forward in the 115th Congress.

1/18/2018

article Tribe’s land-into-trust bill reported favorably by Committee
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill that would bring several historic Cherokee sites back under the control of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was marked up and reported...

1/16/2018

article Cherokee Nation launches new language program for Cherokee Immersion Charter School graduates
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Nation recently launched a pilot program to ensure students who learned to speak Cherokee at the tribe’s Cherokee Immersion...

1/13/2018

article Chief Sneed: Updating the Police Commission
(North Carolina) -- Since 2009 the tribe has worked with an officially authorized Police Commission to be an impartial board with the oversight responsibility for law...

1/9/2018

article Tribe’s land-into-trust bill has movement, support
(Tennessee) -- A bill that would bring several historic Cherokee sites back under the control of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has support from various leaders.
article Mars Hill University, Eastern Band of Cherokee renew cooperative education agreement
(North Carolina) -- Mars Hill University President Dan Lunsford and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed will sign documents to renew an...

1/6/2018

article AROUND THE REZ: Eddie Swimmer is a great ambassador for Tribe
(North Carolina) -- When you can hold the attention of an audience of children and have them sit in awe, you’ve accomplished something. Several months ago,...

1/5/2018

article Council approves investigation following lawsuit settlement
(North Carolina) -- Seven former employees of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have been given a settlement, totaling $698,000, to end a lawsuit filed in December...

1/4/2018

article Title of Beloved Man bestowed upon Chief Youngdeer
(North Carolina) -- Former Principal Chief Robert S. Youngdeer has served the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the United States of America for decades. Due to his...

1/3/2018

article Cherokee moves on alcohol referendum
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee inched closer to holding a referendum vote asking how widely available alcohol should be on tribal land with a vote during December’s...

12/27/2017

article ABC Chairman visit Cherokee Nation
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chairman Zander Guy met with Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed and other representatives of the...

12/24/2017

article Harrah’s Cherokee Casino celebrates 20 years with continued expansion
(North Carolina) -- In the 20 years since the first slot machine clinked at Harrah’s Cherokee, the property tucked in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains has...

12/18/2017

article Principal Chief’s report for December 2017
(North Carolina) -- n 2015, seven former tribal employees sued the Tribe and former Principal Chief Patrick Lambert for damages for alleged wrongful termination, among...
article Tribe’s new treatment center to bring hope, healing
(North Carolina) -- The sunlight shone through the tall, glass windows almost as a beacon of hope as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened a residential treatment...

12/13/2017

article Tribal Council removes alcohol commissioner
(North Carolina) -- In a split decision, the Cherokee Tribal Council voted Dec. 7 to remove a member of the Tribal Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission who had been...

12/11/2017

article ON THE SIDELINES: Cherokee fans won’t get a ring, but they deserve one
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Braves hoisted the 1A State Championship trophy on Saturday, Dec. 9 in a wet, snowy, and cold Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

11/27/2017

article NC Casino Operator Moves To Nix Unpaid Wages Suit [sub req]
(North Carolina) -- The operator of a pair of North Carolina tribal casinos has urged a federal judge to toss a proposed class and collective action accusing it of...
article Principal Chief’s report for October, November 2017
(North Carolina) -- Throughout the month of October, I traveled throughout North Carolina. I visited with staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill....
article Cover Story: Blessed Are the Handouts
(USA) -- One year, instead of buying my dad the usual unattractive necktie for Christmas, we bought him a goat. He loved the goat, mainly because it was not for him but...

11/17/2017

article EBCI tribal communities win regional awards
(North Carolina) -- The WNC Honors Awards is built on a 68-year-old tradition of recognizing rural community development clubs for their innovative ideas and grassroots...

11/16/2017

article A brief history of alcohol among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(Oklahoma) -- The idea of alcohol sales on the Qualla Boundary and on lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been debated for years. Recently, the issue has...

11/13/2017

article Harrah's Cherokee Casino celebrates 20th anniversary
(North Carolina) -- Harrah's Cherokee Casino opened its doors 20 years ago this month. It reshaped the economy of the western part of North Carolina and increased...

11/12/2017

article Free Money: The Surprising Effects of a Basic Income Supplied by Government
(North Carolina) -- Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in...

11/11/2017

article On Veteran’s Day, Cherokee honors those who served
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee community honored those who have served in the United State military during a special event held on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Yellowhill...

11/8/2017

article Tribal members oppose alcohol expansion
(North Carolina) -- About 100 people piled into the exhibit hall at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds the evening of Monday, Nov. 6, to tell Tribal Council members what...
article Tribe to break ground on new housing development
(North Carolina) -- The Housing & Community Development Division of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Highway 19...
article This war hero has a destroyer named after him – and soon, a Charlotte-area post office
(North Carolina) -- James Elliott Williams, a Fort Mill native recognized as the most highly decorated enlisted man in U.S. Navy history, is about to receive another...

11/7/2017

article Overwhelming support for alcohol referendum shown at meeting
(North Carolina) -- The issue of alcohol sales on tribal lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is once again in the forefront, and Painttown Rep. Lisa Taylor...

11/1/2017

article Newly issued alcohol permits cause backlash against off-casino sales
(North Carolina) -- Five years ago, Cherokee voters gave a decisive response on a referendum question asking whether they’d like to see the historical ban on...

10/25/2017

article EBCI and Smokies work toward agreement for plant gathering in park boundaries
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee tribal members could be gathering sochan plants from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as early as next spring after Tribal Council...

10/11/2017

article Court upholds runoff in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- A lawsuit seeking to overturn a Board of Elections decision to hold an Oct. 10 runoff election for Birdtown Tribal Council failed last week when the...
article Runoff election overturns recount results in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Incumbent Albert Rose will return to his seat on the Cherokee Tribal Council following the results of a runoff election Tuesday, Oct. 10. He will...

9/29/2017

article Eastern Cherokees start work on entertainment center at second gaming facility
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians continues to expand the amenities at its gaming operation in North Carolina The tribe debuted the UltraStar...

9/27/2017

article UltraStar Multi-Tainment enjoying relationship with Tribe
(North Carolina) -- Little Miss Cherokee Nevayah Panther and Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed cut the ribbon on Aug. 30 to officially open the UltraStar Multi-Tainment...

9/13/2017

article Incumbents ousted in Tribal Council elections
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee voters delivered a clear message to the sitting Tribal Council when they cast their votes in the General Election Thursday, Sept. 7 —...
article ‘Maybe we can start over’: Desire for change drives Cherokee voters
(North Carolina) -- If Election Day interviews conducted with Cherokee voters swinging by Food Lion the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 7, are any indication, anti-...

9/12/2017

article ON THE SIDELINES: Quit downing Indian kids, lift them up
(North Carolina) -- While On the Sidelines is a sports column, as we know, many times sports-related issues go beyond the boundaries of the field. This week I’m...

9/11/2017

press release North Carolina success for Apex Gaming Technology GmbH
(North Carolina) -- Gaming machine innovator Apex Gaming Technology GmbH has announced that the casino inside North Carolina’s Harrah’s Cherokee Casino...

9/6/2017

article Bowling alley opens in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- A years-long effort to bring a bowling alley to Cherokee has come to an end with the opening of the 53,000-square-foot Ultrastar Multi-tainment...

9/5/2017

article Principal Chief’s Report – Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017
(North Carolina) -- Since going to Washington, DC earlier this month I have worked to get our legislative agenda back on track. I have become increasingly concerned...
article Hotels really cashed in on the solar eclipse: report
(North Dakota) -- Hotels in the path of totality of the Great American Eclipse had revenue per room, or RevPar, boosted by 244 percent, a new STR report found. The solar...

8/30/2017

article Tribal Council candidates speak: Eight incumbents face 16 challengers Sept. 7
(Florida) -- With the election for Cherokee Tribal Council just one week away, The Smoky Mountain News continues its series profiling the 24 candidates running for...
article Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy
(North Carolina) -- A universal basic income could make the US economy trillions of dollars larger, permanently, according to a new study by the left-leaning Roosevelt...

8/28/2017

article EDITORIAL: Who are you betting on?
(North Carolina) -- Well, the time has come. Over the past two weeks, I have seen many of our tribal members at the voting stations in the Ginger Lynn Welch Complex come...

8/23/2017

article Tribal Council candidates speak: General Election is two weeks away
(North Carolina) -- The 2017 General Election will choose the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ next slate of Tribal Council representatives following Election Day...

8/22/2017

article Cherokee Grizzly Bears Come One Step Closer to Leaving Horrible Zoo
(North Carolina) -- Four unlucky grizzly bears spend their days in concrete pits as unwilling animal attractions at a second-rate “zoo” in western North...

8/16/2017

article Sneed vetoes power bill assistance program
(North Dakota) -- Principal Chief Richard Sneed has vetoed legislation that Tribal Council passed in July setting up a program to pay power bills for tribal elders.
article Grizzly bears beg for tourists’ food at Cherokee Bear Zoo. Lawsuit hopes to free them.
(North Carolina) -- Four grizzly bears living in concrete pits at a Western North Carolina bear zoo are “one step closer” to freedom thanks to a court ruling...

8/15/2017

article Circuit court sides with tribal elders in Cherokee Bear Zoo case
(North Dakota) -- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of two elders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in a lawsuit against the Cherokee Bear Zoo...
article Cherokee Nation has swearing-in ceremony for Tribal Councilors
(North Carolina) -- Nine Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors were sworn into office Monday as they pledged to preserve, protect and defend the Cherokee Nation Constitution...

8/13/2017

article Gameco adding video game gambling machines to Harrah's Cherokee Casino
(North Carolina) -- GameCo, a major skill gaming developer, is adding its video game gambling machines to North Carolina’s Harrah’s Cherokee Casino.

8/7/2017

article Cherokee Casino hopes to roll a 'business strike' with new family entertainment
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino expects bowling alleys and family-friendly entertainment to roll a business strike. Work is almost finished on a $13...

8/4/2017

article Council formalizes approval of Special Election for Vice Chief
(North Carolina) -- For the second time in a week, Tribal Council voted to have a Special Election to fill the vacancy of Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee...

8/2/2017

article EDITORIAL: Armchair marketing
(North Carolina) -- “I know how to market Cherokee because I am the demographic,” said anyone who has provided advice and guidance in a leadership role...
article McCoy to run for vice chief
(North Carolina) -- Councilmember Teresa McCoy, of Big Cove, has announced her intention to run for vice chief in the special election that Tribal Council approved July...
article Special election coming to Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- After months in limbo, the fate of Cherokee’s vacant vice chief seat has been decided — following a narrow vote from Tribal Council, a...
article Formed by the mountains: Cherokee elder reflects on 93 years of service to tribe and country
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee of Jerry Wolfe’s early memory is a different place than the Qualla Boundary of today. Wolfe, 93, remembers hills covered in...
press release GameCo continues nationwide VGM rollout
(North Carolina) -- GameCo, Inc., creator of the world's first skill-based Video Game Gambling Machines (VGM), announced today that the company has recently...

8/1/2017

article Council approves TCGE funding request for fourth tower, convention center
(North Carolina) -- In the near future, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort will have a fourth hotel tower with expanded convention center space and parking garage....

7/31/2017

article LETTER: Tribal member frustrated with housing issues
(North Carolina) -- I am writing this in regards to roadblocks I’ve been running into concerning the land transfers. I started the procedure to have property...

7/28/2017

article Council votes to hold Special Election for Vice Chief, details to be worked out
(North Carolina) -- The Office of Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has been vacant since late May when then-Vice Chief Richard G. Sneed was sworn in as...

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