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Catawba Nation

article Cherokee, Catawba tribes head to court over North Carolina casino
(North Carolina) -- Finding an amicable solution to a South Carolina (SC) tribe’s plans for a casino in territory claimed by a North Carolina (NC) tribe seems to...
article Cherokee sues feds over Catawba decision
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has filed a federal lawsuit over a recent decision from the U.S. Department of the Interior that would pave the...
article Vegas-style casino planned for King’s Mountain, just 35 miles from Charlotte
(North Carolina) -- Just before coronavirus began dominating the news cycle last month, the U.S. Department of the Interior approved a proposal from the Catawba Indian...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

North Carolina Gaming

article CN joins EBCI’s fight over trust land for casino
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Nation says it’s been granted permission to intervene in a court case between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North...
article Casino Wars in the Carolinas: Two tribes that have battled for centuries are at odds once again
(North Carolina) -- In North Carolina, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians found a way to take care of their people: In 1997, they opened a casino on their lands. Now...
article Former South Carolina County Deputy Charged in Illegal Gambling Ring, Allegedly Took Bribes
(North Carolina) -- South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says former Florence County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mark Edward Fuleihan, 48, has been arrested on...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Lumbee Tribe

article Lumbee Tribe Hosts Coronavirus Testing Site
(North Carolina) -- Dozens of cars were bumper-to-bumper on Sunday. We’re told that about 200 people were tested for COVID-19 at a special drive-thru testing site...
article 'Part of ourselves is lost.' NC's Lumbee tribe deals with pandemic, canceled tribal events
(North Carolina) -- For the past 12 years, Kevin Chavis, a member of the Lumbee tribe from Robeson County, has looked forward to the spring — a time for annual...
article The Day a Native American Tribe Drove the KKK Out of Town
(North Carolina) -- The North Carolina Klan thought burning crosses would scare the Lumbee tribe out of Robeson County. That’s not how things went down.
article Lumbee woman releases single with message, deep meanings
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee vocalist and former “American Idol” contestant Alexis Raeana Jones is calling her debut single, “Keep My Memory,” a...
article Lumbee Film Festival seeks submissions
(North Carolina) -- The third annual Lumbee Film Festival is accepting applications through May 8, organizers said. The festival showcases films made by American Indians...
article Lumbee Tribal Council OKs distribution of gift cards to members of tribe hurt by pandemic
(North Carolina) -- The Lumbee Tribal Council approved the distribution of $50 Food Lion gift cards to tribal members negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The...
6 Total Articles on this Issue

Eastern Band of Cherokee

article Remember the Removal ride cancelled for 2020
(North Carolina) -- The Remember the Removal Ride (RTR), which retraces the northern route of the Trail of Tears, will not be held this year due to concerns over the...
article What The Eastern Cherokee Can Teach The U.S. About Public Health
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has been mass testing asymptomatic residents and visitors to territories held by the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article What The Eastern Cherokee Can Teach The U.S. About Public Health
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has been mass testing asymptomatic residents and visitors to territories held by the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article Vice Chief submits legislation to harshen penalties for tribal drug offenses
(North Carolina) -- In an effort to combat the illicit drug issue on the tribal lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Vice Chief Alan B. Ensley has...
article Harrah's Cherokee Casino plans gradual reopening beginning on May 18
(North Carolina) -- After nearly two months of being shut down in an attempt to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Harrah's Cherokee Casinos said they will begin a...
article Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos Announce Reopening Plan
(North Carolina) -- Almost sixty days after closing their doors to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos will begin a gradual reopening of...
article Harrah’s plans to reopen its casinos beginning May 18
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s has announced it will begin a gradual reopening of its local casinos in Cherokee and Murphy beginning Monday, May 18. Both Harrah...
article Tribe delays opening; Harrah’s Cherokee casinos starting phased re-opening
(North Carolina) -- In the current, unpredictable landscape surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, things change sometimes hourly and that is no different for...
article Eastern Cherokee talks of relaxing restrictions
(North Carolina) -- With neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the state of North Carolina beginning to reopen in phases, the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article Cherokee plans for budget shortfall; no casino reopening date yet announced
(North Carolina) -- As Harrah’s Cherokee Casino marks its seventh week of closure due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, leadership for the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article OP/ED: How history repeats itself in crisis, and who gets left behind
(North Carolina) -- Even with the serious threat that COVID-19 poses, including to the remaining 200 or so fluent Cherokee speakers, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
article When will the Smokies reopen? Cherokee plays a part
(North Carolina) -- While most state parks in Tennessee partially reopened on April 24, the roadblocks remain in place on the roads to the Great Smoky Mountains National...
article EBCI confirms COVID-19 cases in Swain, Graham
(North Carolina) -- Continued testing by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has resulted in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Swain and Graham counties, the tribe’s...
article Proactive measures succeeding in coronavirus battle, Cherokee leaders say
(North Carolina) -- Different jurisdictions approach the battle against coronavirus in different ways. Cherokee has a unique status. Leaders said their response is...
article Judge Asks If Cherokee Face 'Catch 22' In Casino Fight (sub req)
(North Carolina) -- A D.C. federal judge asked Wednesday whether the Eastern Band of Cherokee faces a bind in trying to fight a North Carolina casino plan by Catawba...
article Tribe, casino announce changes to employee compensation
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos announced April 1 that its COVID-19-induced closure would extend through the end of the month, and that same day...
article Tribe to provide stimulus for tribally-licensed businesses
(North Carolina) -- The tribal leadership of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has voted to provide a stimulus package to local businesses in the wake of COVID...
article EBCI GRAD PROFILE: Destiny Bernhisel, Swain County High School
(North Carolina) -- Destiny Bernhisel, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is set to graduate from Swain County High School this spring. She is currently...
article Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos extends temporary closure through April
(North Carolina) -- As the COVID-19 pandemic remains a threat both locally and nationally, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos (Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort &...
article More residents test positive
(North Carolina) -- Three more Cherokee County residents tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the county’s case total to six residents and two non-residents. On...
article Cherokee logs first COVID-19 case
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians received notice of its first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 on Friday, March 27. The individual is a part-...
article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(North Carolina) -- In a press release on March 27, 2020, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians confirmed the first COVID-19 case within the tribe.
article Tribal officials report first case of COVID-19 on Qualla Boundary
(North Carolina) -- Tribal officials of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Qualla Boundary during a...
article Harrah's extends casino closure
(North Carolina) -- The closure of Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resorts will extend an additional two weeks from the initial March 18 through April 1 period, the casino...
article Harrah's Cherokee Casinos remaining closed for an additional 2 weeks due to coronavirus concerns
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos announced Thursday they will remain closed for an additional two weeks "due to the serious public health...
article Cherokee tribe limits access, discourages visitors during coronavirus crisis
(North Carolina) -- The principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, whose reservation is one of the largest tourist draws in Western North Carolina, is...
26 Total Articles on this Issue


article ‘We Have To Protect Our Elders,’ Says First COVID-19 Case In Graham County
(North Carolina) -- Graham County is one of the most rural counties in North Carolina, with just around 9,000 residents. It’s isolation led county leaders to put...
article How A Virtual Powwow Helped Heal A Spirit Broken During The Pandemic
(North Carolina) -- It's powwow season — the time of year when across the country, Native American tribes should be getting together to celebrate their culture...
article How the Coronavirus is Impacting Native Americans
(North Carolina) -- COVID-19 is changing the lives of people across the world, including indigenous people in the state. Tribal leaders in Alamance County say they'...
article Tribes across Carolinas hunker down to endure coronavirus pandemic
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina tribal Chairman Harvey Godwin Jr. is self-quarantined as he awaits results of his test for COVID-19, the new...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

Cherokee Nation

article Interior secretary's stop in Cherokee served two purposes
(North Carolina) -- U.S. Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Bernhardt made a delivery in Cherokee on Tuesday. But he's also took notes on the tribe...
1 Article on this Issue


article North Carolina officials are ignoring a crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women
(North Carolina) -- On the sunny spring day of April 18th, 2017, with a gentle breeze hardly blowing more than a whisper, neighborhood residents found the naked body of...
article Lumbee woman releases single with message, deep meanings
(North Carolina) -- Lumbee vocalist and former “American Idol” contestant Alexis Raeana Jones is calling her debut single, “Keep My Memory,” a...
article Rally to Commemorate Murdered Native American Held Online
(North Carolina) -- On Saturday, a special online rally was held to commemorate missing and murdered indigenous women. The COVID-19 outbreak canceled a march scheduled...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article ENC Navajo Tribe members talk about COVID-19 outbreak in their community
(North Carolina) -- One Native American tribe in the U.S. has more coronavirus cases and deaths than all other reservations and multiple states. Navajo Nation, a tribe...
1 Article on this Issue

Mining & Drilling

article Natural gas plant construction causes concerns for Native American landowners
(North Carolina) -- A plan for Piedmont Natural Gas to construct a liquefied natural gas plant in Robeson County is causing conflict among Native American landowners....
1 Article on this Issue


article National Census Day is April 1
(North Carolina) -- National Census Day is April 1 when all residents of the United States are invited to participate in the 2020 Census. Residents of the Qualla...
1 Article on this Issue

First Nations

article Nunavut hamlets to deliver water to Inuit households daily for hand washing
(North Carolina) -- Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated said it's investing more than a million dollars to help bring clean water to communities. The territorial Inuit...
1 Article on this Issue

Other News

article Waiting to exhale: Controversial wood pellet plant would burden Lumberton with more pollution
(North Carolina) -- The picnic tables at Alamac Community Park are ideal for watching log trucks yaw into the entrance of an old textile factory in Lumberton. The swings...
article Submissions accepted for Lumbee Film Festival through May 8
(North Carolina) -- Film submissions for the third annual Lumbee Film Festival are being accepted through May 8. The festival showcases bold, original new films made by...
article Family of slain UNC student Faith Hedgepeth desperate for answers nearly eight years after her brutal murder
(North Carolina) -- Faith Hedgepeth would have been the first person in her family to graduate from college. An honor student in high school, she excelled in her studies...
article Native American trails key to settlement
(North Carolina) -- As our ability to change the geography to suit our needs grew more powerful and bridges became less expensive to build, highways were built around...
article Sheriff seizes gambling equipment from Salisbury fish arcade
(North Carolina) -- On Wednesday, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the FishZilla Arcade, 1812 East Innes Street in Salisbury....
article Native American artist Ned Barton from Fayetteville uses nature as canvas
(North Carolina) -- Barton crafts homemade primitive art such as Native American women and men’s regalia, clay pottery, moccasins, Indian drums, nifty gourd pocketbooks...
article Salisbury fish arcade was illegal gambling casino says Rowan sheriff’s office
(North Carolina) -- One day after raiding the Lucky Duck Cafe, a fish arcade located on South Main Street, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday said the...
article Robert Saunooke champions Native American issues in his career and in the ABA
(North Carolina) -- The universe unfolds as it is intended. That’s the mantra Robert Saunooke has called on for motivation through much of his life. It guided the...
article Stand Against Racism at 1898 Memorial Park
(North Carolina) -- YWCA Lower Cape Fear will host its 10th annual Stand Against Racism rally and march at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23 at the 1898 Memorial Park in...
article Law enforcement community mourns death of Maynor, longtime officer
(North Carolina) -- The law enforcement community is mourning the loss of longtime officer and instructor Jimmy Maynor, who died unexpectedly Tuesday. Maynor, 70, died...
article Cherokee, Sylva pass food truck ordinances
(North Carolina) -- During Tribal Council Feb. 6, members voted unanimously to pass an ordinance change that lifted an unintentional ban on food trucks operating within...
article UNCP wins grant to produce minority educators
(North Carolina) -- Underrepresented minorities hold only 10% of faculty positions in colleges and universities across the U.S., according to recent reports. But a new...
article Column: The Battle of Hayes Pond: American Indians show KKK the door
(North Carolina) -- The 1950s were a time of heightened racial animus in North Carolina. A movement against segregation and inequality sprung up across the state, with a...
article Powerball ticket sold in NC wins $1 million prize
(North Carolina) -- Saturday’s Powerball drawing produced a $1 million prize for someone who bought a ticket at a convenience store in Whittier in Jackson County,...
article RCC gets $136K for American Indian scholarships
(North Carolina) -- Robeson Community College has been awarded two grants totaling $136,778 provided by the Native American Agriculture Fund.The money will fund...
article Rowan Sheriff: 'Fish arcades' considered illegal gambling, to face shut down
(North Carolina) -- Six days ago, Salisbury Police charged D’Andre Anthony Curry with armed robbery after a pile of money found at his home linked him to the...
article Ramona Police Seeking Suspect for Casino Incident
(North Carolina) -- The Ramona Police Department is seeking the identity of a suspect involved in an incident on Monday, Jan. 6th. According to the Ramona Police...
article 'It hurts': Residents still remember unsolved murder case
(North Carolina) -- It was still dark on that fateful morning in early January 1998, the first Wednesday of the new year. Five-year-old Brittany Locklear waited alone to...
article He bought Christmas dinner fixings - and a $250K scratch-off
(North Carolina) -- A North Carolina man has won a $250,000 lottery ticket after stopping by the grocery store to buy some fixings for Christmas dinner. North Carolina...
article Highway marker honoring Native American athlete is missing
(North Carolina) -- Officials say a highway marker honoring a Native American Olympic gold medalist has gone missing. News outlets report the marker honoring James...

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