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Day One fitness event focuses on recovery, health, and wellness

About thirty people started the new year off with a focus on health and wellness and how it can help with a new lifestyle for those in recovery from substance abuse. A RezHOPE event, called Day One, was held at Crossfit 2232 in Bryson City on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 1 as a collaboration with other health organizations including Spiritual Adrenaline, Shift Gym in Bryson City, and Bryson City Health and Fitness.

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Eastern Band of Cherokee

7/18/2019

article Sports gambling closer to being legal
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The...

7/17/2019

article Sports betting bill passes N.C. House
(North Carolina) -- Sports betting is likely to come to Cherokee following the N.C. House of Representatives’ July 15 vote to pass a Senate bill allowing it to...

7/16/2019

article North Carolina Legislature Approves Sports Betting At Two Tribal Casinos
(North Carolina) -- It may be the dog days of summer when it comes to sports betting, but don’t tell lawmakers in North Carolina. Legislators in the Tar Heel State...
article North Carolina Passes Tribal Sports Betting Bill, Odds Good on Governor’s Signature
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina is a governor’s signature away from legal sports betting — albeit strictly of the in-person variety and only on tribal...
article North Carolina sports betting just one signature away from legalization
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina’s General Assembly has approved the sports betting bill that was first given Senate clearance three months ago, paving the way...

7/15/2019

article North Carolina Sports Betting Almost Reality As Bill Passes Legislature
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina is now extremely close to having legal sports betting after the legislature passed a bill on Monday. The House voted to authorize...
article North Carolina's sports betting bill back on track with a new Gaming Commission proposal
(North Carolina) -- The idea of a consolidated state commission to regulate all gambling-related activities and boxing in North Carolina has advanced through the House...
article Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The...

7/12/2019

article Tribe to purchase 198 acres in Tennessee
(Tennessee) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will enter into a $13.5 million contract to purchase 197.62 acres of land along Interstate 40 in Tennessee following...

7/10/2019

article Hemp feasibility study presented to Council
(North Carolina) -- After several years of talking about cannabis, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is one step closer to entering the multi-billion dollar...
article Vice chief candidates make their case
(North Carolina) -- After more than a decade working together as members of Tribal Council, Alan “B” Ensley and Jim Owle are vying for the position of the...

7/8/2019

article COMMENTARY: Apparent transparency
(North Carolina) -- I was fascinated by the responses of the candidates in the debate series, particularly regarding transparency. To hear the candidates, one would...
article Cherokee Leaders Declare Language in State of Emergency
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee leaders say their language is in a state of emergency and needs action before it becomes extinct. Members of the three federally recognized...

7/6/2019

article Tales of the Cherokee come to life in 'Unto These Hills'
(North Carolina) -- On the Summer Solstice, June 21, the sun set in Cherokee at 8:52 p.m., nearly an hour after “Unto These Hills” had begun. The lingering...

7/3/2019

article Chief candidates square off in debate
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard Sneed and challenger Teresa McCoy will face off at the ballot box this September as Cherokee voters decide who should be...

7/2/2019

article U.S. Indian Health Service Revamps Rules for Sexual-Abuse Reporting at Substance-Abuse Facility
(North Carolina) -- The U.S. Indian Health Service has overhauled sex-abuse reporting practices at a troubled North Carolina substance-abuse treatment center the agency...

6/30/2019

article Cherokee recognized for leadership in healthcare
(North Carolina) -- In a ceremony held at the Cherokee Indian Hospital today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was awarded the Redefining American Healthcare award...

6/28/2019

article Cherokee recognized for leadership in healthcare
(North Carolina) -- In a ceremony held at the Cherokee Indian Hospital today, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was awarded the Redefining American Healthcare award...

6/26/2019

article North Carolina Tribe Reportedly Buys New Casino Land In Tennessee
(Tennessee) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) have bought 122 acres of land in Sevierville, Tennessee per reports from Knox News. The EBCI is located in...
article Cherokee constitution resolution withdrawn
(North Carolina) -- An effort to get a proposed constitution on the Cherokee ballot as a referendum question this September will not come to fruition following Tribal...

6/24/2019

article One on One: Why are Carolina Native American Tribes at War With Each Other?
(North Carolina) -- Last week U.S. Sen. Richard Burr wrote a newspaper column criticizing the Eastern Band of the Cherokee for opposing the South Carolina-based Catawba...
article Harrah’s making progress on $250 million project
(North Carolina) -- Truck after truck has been pouring into the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort construction site for months. About 50-70 daily, each carrying...
article Ensley, Owle final two in Vice Chief’s race
(North Carolina) -- Incumbent Vice Chief Alan B. Ensley and Jim Owle, former Tribal Council Chairman and current TCGE (Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise) Chairperson, will...

6/22/2019

article 'Meanspirited': Eastern Cherokee chief responds to attack on his people
(North Carolina) -- Senator Richard Burr published an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer that attacks the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee people for...

6/21/2019

article Burr blasts Cherokee in op-ed, says tribe working against Lumbee
(North Carolina) -- Key Lumbee tribal leaders are celebrating a scathing op-ed by Sen. Richard Burr that characterizes Cherokees as being greedy and standing in the way...
article Cherokee leader rebuts op-ed from Sen. Burr
(North Carolina) -- Sen. Richard Burr published an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer that attacks the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee people for opposing...
article Why Is This Senator Beefing With the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians?
(North Carolina) -- On Wednesday, seemingly out of nowhere, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina published a scathing column in the Charlotte Observer headlined, “...

6/20/2019

article Chief Sneed responds to Sen. Burr’s “mean-spirited” op-ed
(North Carolina) -- Senator Richard Burr published an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer that attacks the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the Cherokee people for...

6/19/2019

article Republican U.S. Senator blasts Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for 'bullying'
(North Carolina) -- In a stunning opinion published in North Carolina's largest newspaper, Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) accuses the Eastern Band of Cherokee...
article SEN. BURR: Cherokee bullying other tribes, including Lumbee
(North Carolina) -- Recently, a Native American tribe with deep historic ties to North Carolina announced its intent to purchase land across state lines for an “...
article Land gamble: Cherokee buy property in Sevierville for rumored casino
(Tennessee) -- The North Carolina-based Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has bought land in Sevierville, and may seek to use the site to build a casino or sports betting...
article NC Cherokee purchase prime property near Smokies Stadium in Sevier County
(Tennessee) -- The Eastern Band of the Cherokees now officially owns 122 acres near Smokies Stadium. Sevier County property records confirm the tribe acquired two large...

6/12/2019

article McCoy, Sneed will be General Election principal chief candidates
(North Carolina) -- Voters made their choices during last week’s Primary Elections in Cherokee, with Teresa McCoy coming in as the top vote-getter in the race for...

6/11/2019

article McCoy, Sneed to face off in September Chief’s race
(North Carolina) -- Richard G. Sneed, incumbent Principal Chief, and Teresa McCoy, a former long-time Big Cove Tribal Council representative, will square off in the race...

6/8/2019

article Cherokee Friends expanding program, enhancing cultural sharing
(North Carolina) -- For many visitors to the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, a Cherokee Friend is their first glimpse into the world of the Eastern Band of Cherokee...

6/5/2019

article 2012: Table games come to Harrah’s
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, an economic powerhouse that employs 5 percent of the workforce in the seven western counties and provides...
article 2017: Cherokee impeaches its chief
(North Carolina) -- When Patrick Lambert won the 2015 race for principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, he saw the victory as a direct mandate from...
article COMMENTARY: EBCI tribal flag should be flown at same height as U.S. flag
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is a proud, sovereign nation and the EBCI tribal flag can be seen flying all over the Qualla Boundary (...
article Tribal Council work session leaves constitution referendum question unanswered
(North Carolina) -- Lloyd Arneach got word on Monday, June 3 that the Citizens for a Constitution had until July 1 to get their document on the ballet for the September...

6/4/2019

press release Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort hosts entrepreneurship panel
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has partnered with the Western Women’s Business Center to host an Entrepreneurship Panel during their...

6/3/2019

article EBCI member is a lead designer at Tesla
(California) -- Jacob Saunooke, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, applied for his job like many do these days. He saw a posting online and threw his name...

6/2/2019

article COMMENTARY: Tribal member voices concern over DV practice of “first come, first served”
(North Carolina) -- I am E Li Shi. I read and appreciate the article about the EBCI Integrated Domestic Violence Intervention Program (“EBCI making strides in...

5/29/2019

article Primary election nears in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Early voting is now over in Cherokee, with polls to open for the Primary Election on Thursday, June 6, in what has already been an eventful election...

5/28/2019

article COMMENTARY: Proposed constitution gets candidate ‘disqualifiers’ right
(North Carolina) -- This election cycle of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians got off to a rocky start as three candidates were originally deemed unable to be...
article Asheville City Council approves Harrah's Cherokee bid for downtown venue naming rights
(North Carolina) -- The city's major downtown venue will have a new name in 2020. In its May 28 meeting, City Council voted 6-1 to award the naming rights of the...

5/24/2019

article Supreme Court orders new manslaughter trial for accused in death of Cindy Gladue
(Ottawa) -- The Ontario trucker accused of killing Cindy Gladue will face a new trial for manslaughter, reviving a case that unleashed public outrage over how the...
article Qualla Housing celebrates clean audit
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed announced on Monday, May 13 that the Qualla Housing Authority (QHA) has received its first clean in audit in over 10...
article Snowbird breaks ground on ‘State-of-the-art’ Complex
(North Carolina) -- The Snowbird Community is getting a new 48,000 square foot community center. Various leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) made the...
article “Our memories will remain”: Cherokee High School graduates 73
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee High School held its annual commencement ceremony on the sunny evening of Thursday, May 23 at Ray Kinsland Stadium. A total of 73 students...

5/23/2019

article Asheville Downtown Commission vote favors Harrah's bid for Civic Center naming rights
(North Carolina) -- The future identity of Asheville's downtown arena now is up to City Council to decide. In a May 23 special meeting, the city's Downtown...

5/20/2019

article EBCI making strides in Domestic Violence communication
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian’s (EBCI) Integrated Domestic Violence Intervention Program is halfway through its three-year grant, and...

5/18/2019

article Tribal member receives veterans award from state
(North Carolina) -- Mary Ann Welch Thompson has received a state award honoring her service to the country. Thompson, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (...

5/13/2019

article America’s Drug Problem Hits Home for North Carolina’s Cherokee Tribe
(North Carolina) -- Samantha Brawley got hooked on painkillers after high school, an addiction that stole nearly a decade and cost her most of the savings that were...
article EBCI T.E.R.O. looking to turn the corner
(North Carolina) -- The EBCI Tribal Employees Rights Office (TERO) has been in an ongoing state of flux for several months now. With an effort to clarify law and an...

5/8/2019

article Audit finds issues with Athletic Department accounting at Cherokee schools
(North Carolina) -- A recently completed report commissioned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ Office of Internal Audit and Ethics has concluded that...

5/7/2019

article EDITORIAL: Cherokee’s Thin Blue Line
(North Carolina) -- It is not difficult to get a negative perception of the police. After all, their job is to keep the peace and enforce the law. We are not always...

5/6/2019

article EBCI Housing Division expanding services to surrounding counties
(North Carolina) -- The Down Payment Assistance Program and Rate Buy-Down Program will now be available to enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI...
article Franklin leaders OK transfer of ownership of Cherokee historic site to Nikwasi Initiative
(North Carolina) -- Franklin Town Council voted Monday night to approve the transfer on the ownership of a historic site known as the Nikwasi mound.

5/4/2019

article Tribal leaders make Cherokee High's biggest fan an honorary member
(North Carolina) -- A man known as the ultimate Cherokee High Braves fan was lavished with praise and a high honor Thursday. "Oh, gosh!" Will Poolaw said to...

5/3/2019

article For Favored NC Sports Betting Bill, The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
(North Carolina) -- With bipartisan support from House members and leadership, the NC sports betting bill passed by the Senate will receive approval from the House by...

5/2/2019

press release Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians issue statement following U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing
(North Carolina) -- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Principal Chief Richard Sneed statement following the May 1 hearing.
article Cherokee scientist finds ‘perfect’ role with EBCI
(North Carolina) -- An Oklahoma-born scientist from the Cherokee Nation turned his passion for the environment into a career helping manage wildlife on the Qualla...

5/1/2019

article McCoy once more a candidate for principal chief
(North Carolina) -- Former Big Cove representative Teresa McCoy will regain her place on the ballot in the race for principal chief following an order from the Cherokee...
article Ground breaks on crisis unit in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- The weather matched the mood when the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians broke ground on a $39 million crisis stabilization unit Wednesday, April 24....

4/30/2019

article Cherokee Supreme Court reverses Election Board decision in McCoy case
(North Carolina) -- Teresa McCoy’s name will appear on the primary ballot as a candidate for Principal Chief for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI)....
article Cherokee Supreme Court reverses Election Board decision in McCoy case
(North Carolina) -- Teresa McCoy’s name will appear on the primary ballot as a candidate for Principal Chief for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI)....

4/26/2019

article Tribal member makes Activity Book featuring EBCI
(North Carolina) -- Families coming to Cherokee will now have the opportunity to further their education about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) thanks to a...

4/24/2019

article Tribe ‘sowing the seed of hope’ at groundbreaking
(North Carolina) -- Ground was broken on a facility that tribal officials hope will further help members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians suffering from...

4/19/2019

article EBCI hosts the AISES Leadership Summit
(North Carolina) -- Since 1977, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native...

4/17/2019

article North Carolina Gaming Commission, Fantasy Sports Bill Filed
(North Carolina) -- All North Carolina gaming entities could fall into one overseeing body under a bill introduced Tuesday, which could help pave the way for further...
article Cherokee planting method was ‘agronomically sound’
(North Carolina) -- These days my wife, Elizabeth, and I just play around at gardening in several raised beds situated beside the front deck of our home. This year, she...

4/16/2019

article Despite Nikwasi Mound Controversy, Cherokee Maintains Strong WNC Business Relationships
(North Carolina) -- As the controversy over the ownership of the Nikwasi Mound in Franklin lingers on, Macon County officials are highlighting their working relationship...

4/15/2019

article Gambling Bill Launched in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- Legal sports betting could be on the way to North Carolina following the passage of a new bill. Bill 154 has cleared the State Senate and will now...
article North Carolina sportsbetting legislation passes significant hurdle
(North Carolina) -- Last week reportedly saw the North Carolina Senate overwhelmingly approve a piece of proposed legislation that would allow the southern state’s two...

4/13/2019

article North Carolina tribal casinos awaiting betting approval
(North Carolina) -- Native American Casinos with Class III gaming in place may soon be allowed to permit sports betting in North Carolina after Bill 154 was passed this...

4/11/2019

article North Carolina moves another step closer to legalising tribal betting
(North Carolina) -- A bill to legalise sports betting on tribal lands in the southern state of North Carolina has passed another hurdle. Bill 154 has been passed by the...
article North Carolina Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Sports Betting for Tribal Operators
(North Carolina) -- On Tuesday, a North Carolina sports betting bill received an emphatic thumbs up from the State Senate, moving one step closer to establishing legal...
article North Carolina Sports Betting at Casinos Bill Rolls Ahead
(North Carolina) -- Though it pales in scope compared to gaming measures in other states, a sports betting legalization proposal in North Carolina is nearing...
article North Carolina sports betting bill passed by Senate
(North Carolina) -- A bill to legalise sports betting on tribal lands in North Carolina has been passed by the state Senate, and transferred to the House of...
article North Carolina making steady progress to legal sports wagering
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina could be set to allow sports betting thanks to the passage of a bill this week in the State...

4/10/2019

article Could NC Sports Betting Reach The Finish Line First In 2019?
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina is throwing their hat in the ring for the honor of being the first state to pass legislation authorizing sports betting in 2019. The...
article NC Tribal Sports Betting Bill With No Mobile Moves Out Of Senate
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina on Tuesday became the latest state to get a sports betting bill through one chamber of its general assembly when the Senate approved...
article North Carolina Senate approves sports betting at tribal casinos
(North Carolina) -- Sports and horse wagering at two Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian casinos has been approved by the North Carolina Senate. The Senate voted 43-7 in...
article State bills seek to bring sports betting to Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- A pair of bills now working their way through the state House and Senate would legalize sports betting on tribal lands, bringing to fruition a...
article Tribe a big player in state campaign contributions
(North Carolina) -- A longtime democracy nonprofit director and self-proclaimed “watchdog” of political activity is calling for an investigation into how the...
article Cherokee enjoys local support in tribes’ casino fight: Catawba Indians want to roll the dice in this state [sub req]
(North Carolina) -- At the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ request, local governments are uniting in an attempt to quash a rival tribe’s casino dreams.
article Candidates appeal certification decisions in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Appeals are underway following the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Board of Elections’ decision not to certify three candidates to run for...
article The Archaeology of the Nikwasi Mound
(North Carolina) -- On Tuesday, April 16, the lecture series “Where We Live: History, Nature, and Culture” at Cowee School Heritage Center, will present a program by Dr...

4/9/2019

article Cherokee Nation citizen asks court to remove Scott from Dist. 12 race
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Nation citizen Jimmy Williams is seeking the removal of Tribal Council candidate Don Scott from the general election based on bloodline....
article Three EBCI candidates not certified
(North Carolina) -- Two candidates for Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and one Cherokee School Board candidate were not certified to run...
article Three EBCI candidates not certified
(North Carolina) -- Two candidates for Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and one Cherokee School Board candidate were not certified to run...

4/8/2019

article Chief’s Report on status of projects
(North Carolina) -- The EBCI Community is continually growing and changing, and as public servants we must plan to address those changing needs. These projects listed...

4/6/2019

article LETTER: EBCI tribal member opposes Catawba casino proposal
(North Carolina) -- To the Editor, The Catawba Indian Tribe is proposing a casino complex near Charlotte. They have succeeded in getting their Senator Lindsey Graham, of...

4/4/2019

article Sports gambling, horse wagering stay on track for Cherokees
(North Carolina) -- Gambling operations run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in western North Carolina could soon let patrons bet on pro and college sporting...

4/3/2019

article Haywood Co Leaders Align with Cherokee Opposing Proposed Casino Near Charlotte
(North Carolina) -- Haywood County is standing beside the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in opposition to a proposed casino near Charlotte.
article Haywood takes stance against proposed casino
(North Carolina) -- A bill currently in the United States Senate that could clear the way for a new North Carolina casino is already seeing stiff opposition from local...
article OP/ED: My bet's on Cherokee casinos
(North Carolina) -- Here's what's happening in the General Assembly on Thursday, April 4: The Senate Rules committee considers allowing betting on college and...
article Three candidates booted from tribal election
(North Carolina) -- Three women who had filed for tribal office this year will not be allowed to run following the April 1 release of the certified candidate list.

3/28/2019

article NC Tribe Could Soon Offer Sports, Horse Betting
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could offer sports and horse betting at its western North Carolina casinos in legislation that appears ready to...
article Cherokee students affect change at N.C. State Capitol
(North Carolina) -- Not only did the Cherokee Chamber Singers dazzle the audience with their performance in Raleigh last fall, they ended up affecting social change at...
article Tribe opens solar power array at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River
(North Carolina) -- On a sunny morning perfect for the event, leaders and officials of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) cut the ribbon opening a new solar...

3/27/2019

article Betting on college, pro games, horse races could be coming to Cherokee casinos
(North Carolina) -- Wagering on college and professional sports and on horse races would become legal at casinos run by the Eastern Band of the Cherokee in western North...
article Bill lets North Carolina tribe offer sports, horse betting
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians could offer sports and horse betting at its western North Carolina casinos in legislation that appears ready to...

3/26/2019

article Cherokee Tribe earns right to harvest traditional plant at NC’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park
(North Carolina) -- Enrolled members of the Cherokee Tribe will soon be able to gather a traditional plant in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, WLOS reports.

3/25/2019

article Park, tribe sign gathering agreement
(North Carolina) -- An agreement allowing members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to gather sochan in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now official...
article Cherokee thankful for agreement to harvest sochan in Smokies
(North Carolina) -- The agreement marks a historic change by allowing the tribe to harvest a culturally-significant plant in the Great Smoky Mountains.

3/18/2019

article Syringe kiosks installed around Cherokee tribal lands
(North Carolina) -- Health officials with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are hoping the installation of syringe kiosks in various locations will help reduce the...

3/16/2019

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians may regain control of sacred mound
(North Carolina) -- Ownership of an ancient mound in North Carolina may return in part to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, two centuries after European settlers...

3/12/2019

article Sports betting could arrive at North Carolina Cherokee casinos
(North Carolina) -- State and federally recognized American Indian tribes received the go-ahead to operate sports betting enterprises following a 6-3 Supreme Court...
article Council approves purchase of Cherokee Cablevision
(North Carolina) -- Many more members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians may soon have access to high speed internet thanks to a purchase by Tribal Council. During...
article After 200 years, Cherokee poised to regain mysterious tribal mound dating to 1,000 AD
(North Carolina) -- A 1,000-year-old sacred mound that counts as one of North Carolina’s oldest mysteries is on the cusp of being returned — at least in part...

3/11/2019

article State bill could bring sports betting to Cherokee casinos
(North Carolina) -- New legislation in the North Carolina Senate could bring sports wagering to tribal lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). State Sen....

3/8/2019

article A Possible New Future For A Sacred Cherokee Mound
(North Carolina) -- The Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin, North Carolina looks like a small, grass-covered hill, but for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the site...
article Casino Based Sports Gambling May be Coming to North Carolina this Summer
(North Carolina) -- There is reason for optimism when it comes to legalized sports gambling in North Carolina. Last week North Carolina Senator Jim Davis introduced a...

3/7/2019

article Campaign finance watchdog calls for investigation of Cherokees’ soaring political donations, connections to gambling legislation
(North Carolina) -- Veteran North Carolina campaign finance watchdog Bob Hall is calling on the State Board of Elections to investigate the campaign finance...

3/4/2019

article North Carolina Considers Sports Betting at State Casinos
(North Carolina) -- Though North Carolina sports betting may not garner headlines like in states further up the east coast, a new bill could see the Tar Heel State take...

3/1/2019

article North Carolina considers tribal sports betting bill
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina legislators are set to consider a proposed bill which would pave the way for legalizing sports betting on tribal lands in the state....

2/28/2019

article Bill would allow sports betting at Cherokee casinos
(North Carolina) -- A mountain lawmaker wants to bring sports betting to the two Harrah's Cherokee casinos in Western North Carolina. Sen. Jim Davis, R-District 50,...
article Sports gambling could be coming to North Carolina within months
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina is on the heels of sports gambling revenue. The state is considering legislation that would legalize the activity and, if the bill...

2/27/2019

article Judge Letts retires, not seeking tribal office
(North Carolina) -- Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Brad Letts, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), announced on Tuesday, Feb. 26 that he would...
article AISES Leadership Summit coming to Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee will be a focal point for discussions on science and engineering in Indian Country as over 300 students and leaders will attend the annual...
article AISES Leadership Summit coming to Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee will be a focal point for discussions on science and engineering in Indian Country as over 300 students and leaders will attend the annual...

2/22/2019

article MARTIN: I’m leaving, but will stay involved
(North Carolina) -- Sometimes things work out in ways that may not feel like it at the time, but it’s for the better. This is my last column as an employee of the...

2/21/2019

press release Harrah’s Cherokee nominated as Casino of the Year by ACM
(North Carolina) -- For the second year in a row, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort has been nominated by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for their Industry Award...

2/20/2019

article Constitution proposed for Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee voters will have the chance to give their nation a long-awaited constitution if Tribal Council approves a referendum question proposed for...
article Cherokee land deal brings gambling fears
(Tennessee) -- Sevier County leaders said leaders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians expressed interest in a possible land purchase near Smokies Stadium. WVLT...

2/19/2019

article Casinos in Tennessee? Lawmaker proposes change to constitution to allow them
(Tennessee) -- A Memphis lawmaker is proposing an amendment to the Tennessee constitution to allow casinos in the state. This comes as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee...

2/18/2019

article Casino in Sevierville? Not without a change to Tennessee law
(Tennessee) -- The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is in talks to buy a parcel of land in Sevier County for "future economic development."...

2/16/2019

article Why Cherokee land deal concerns neighbors
(Tennessee) -- Sevier County leaders said leaders from the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians expressed interest in a possible land purchase near Smokies Stadium. WVLT...

2/15/2019

article Cherokee casino in Sevierville? Not without a change to state law
(Tennessee) -- A spokesperson for the City of Sevierville confirms reports that the Eastern Band of the Cherokee has agreed to buy a parcel of land just off I-40 at exit...
article Eastern Shawnee Tribe hopes to teach people gardening
(Oklahoma) -- The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma is working to use its greenhouses to teach people homegrown food awareness. They are hoping to launch a community...

2/14/2019

article Introducing the Kituwah, LLC
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee opened in November 1997 with little more than video poker as the only gaming option. This followed the opening of a tribal...

2/13/2019

article Tribe votes for Plott Balsam conservation
(North Carolina) -- An effort to conserve 912 acres along the Plott Balsam ridge in Jackson County cleared the final hurdle of a five-year-long race last week when the...

2/7/2019

article Chief Sneed taking land reacquisition fight to Washington
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a roll call vote of 383-2 on April 16, 2018....

2/4/2019

article OP/ED: Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reaches gaming milestone
(North Carolina) -- It took a lot of work but the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians officially entered the Class III gaming industry on January 25, 1994. Since that day,...
article OP/ED: Remembering the first day of our casino business – January 1994
(North Carolina) -- I want to tell you a true story. One that I’m sure everyone of us can add to the credits, and visualize our own role in its unfolding. I won’t try to...
article What You Need To Know About The 2019 Cherokee Election
(Oklahoma) -- Both nationally and locally, candidates are beginning to startup their campaigns for 2020. But one important election is taking place this year in Western...

1/28/2019

article Working group formed to evaluate housing merger
(North Carolina) -- The leadership within the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has been evaluating the potential benefits of merging the Qualla Housing Authority...

1/27/2019

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reports increase in business at casinos
(North Carolina) -- Gaming continues to be good business for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Revenue contributions at the flagship Harrah's Cherokee Casino...

1/25/2019

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians reports increase in business at casinos
(North Carolina) -- Gaming continues to be good business for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Revenue contributions at the flagship Harrah's Cherokee Casino...
article Housing Division takes steps toward addressing home needs
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal Housing Division of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians conducted a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17 in the Hickory Room at Harrah’s...

1/23/2019

article Qualla Housing ordinance tabled
(North Carolina) -- An ordinance that would have codified a laboriously passed December resolution abolishing the Qualla Housing Authority was tabled during the Cherokee...

1/14/2019

article Casinos both experience growth, exceed projections
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ last per capita distribution set a record as the largest, and that was due to the performance of Harrah...
article OP/ED: Time to retool the rules
(North Carolina) -- Our law is frequently adjusted. Every two years a new set of government representatives adds, deletes, and amends our laws. That is their job, their...
article Council introduces child support legislation
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council has introduced legislation to provide guidelines for child support enforcement. The ordinance will remain on the table for 25 days,...
article Crowe files protest on Election Ordinance
(North Carolina) -- A new election ordinance (Ord. No. 408) was passed during a special session of Tribal Council on Dec. 19, 2018. That legislation addressed numerous...

1/9/2019

article Tribe considers ginseng regulations
(North Carolina) -- An alarming decrease in the population of ginseng on Cherokee tribal land is prompting the tribe to look at cracking down on ginseng theft. The...
article Cherokee School Board’s first meeting of 2019
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee School Board meetings are open to the public and routinely occur on the first and third Mondays of each month. The School Board met for its...

1/2/2019

article Cherokee debates ability to protest Council decisions
(North Carolina) -- An ordinance seeking to broaden the ability to protest decisions of Tribal Council is under discussion, with Tribal Council narrowly voting to table...
article Cherokee passes election ordinance
(North Carolina) -- After months of work sessions, tabled votes and debate, Cherokee has an updated election law. The Cherokee Tribal Council passed the 36-page document...

1/1/2019

article Day One fitness event focuses on recovery, health, and wellness
(North Carolina) -- About thirty people started the new year off with a focus on health and wellness and how it can help with a new lifestyle for those in recovery from...

12/19/2018

article Resolution passed to dissolve Qualla Housing
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Tribal Council took the first step toward dissolving the Qualla Housing Authority with a resolution passed Thursday, Dec. 6. The...

12/17/2018

article OP/ED: Do restrictions on protests violate rights?
(North Carolina) -- I’ve covered governments both on and off tribal land. They’ve ranged from Tribal Council and its committees to school boards, from county...

12/16/2018

article WCU holds two commencements to honor 765+ graduates
(North Carolina) -- A pair of graduating students delivered the primary addresses Saturday as Western Carolina University held commencement ceremonies to recognize its...

12/14/2018

article Investigation underway after 3 people who visited Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease
(North Carolina) -- The Jackson County Health Department issued a warning after three people who visited Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort were diagnosed with...
article Talk of protests starts Council debate on rights
(North Carolina) -- The right to petition for a redress of grievances is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to American citizens, and it’s reaffirmed in the...
article Council merges Qualla Housing and Tribal Housing
(North Carolina) -- Citing a need to better serve tribal members’ housing needs, Tribal Council passed an ordinance to combine the services of Qualla Housing...
article EBCI selects Remember the Removal Riders for 2019 event
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has selected its representatives for the 2019 Remember the Removal ride. Ten tribal members will join riders...

12/12/2018

article Cherokee election ordinance nears finish line
(North Carolina) -- Efforts to overhaul Cherokee’s election ordinance will come down to the wire following Tribal Council’s unanimous decision to table a...
article Election law retabled as desire for more public input cited
(North Carolina) -- With 25 days left before Tribal Council can adopt changes to the Tribe’s election laws, Tribal Council voted to retable a proposed ordinance...
article Talk of protests starts Council debate on rights
(North Carolina) -- The right to petition for a redress of grievances is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed to American citizens, and it’s reaffirmed in the...

12/10/2018

article Acclaimed Cherokee artist passes away at 61
(Oklahoma) -- Shan Goshorn, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who was currently living in Tulsa, Okla., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the age of 61....

12/9/2018

article Swimmer was keeper of Cherokee traditions
(North Carolina) -- Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer was born in North Carolina at a time when Native American children were forced to attend boarding schools, as part of a...

12/7/2018

article EBCI tribal lands designated a Purple Heart Community
(North Carolina) -- The lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be designated as a Purple Heart Community thanks to the passage of a resolution submitted by...

12/5/2018

article Lambert not giving up on future run for chief
(North Carolina) -- Patrick Lambert was removed from office following a controversial impeachment process in 2017, but with the 2019 election season underway he’s...
article Casino profits set records
(North Carolina) -- Tribal members received the largest per capita distribution ever released from casino profits when payments of $7,007 were released Monday, Dec. 3,...
article Beloved Woman remembered, honored at event
(North Carolina) -- The life, smile, wisdom, and wit of the late Amanda Swimmer, Beloved Woman of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, were remembered at a memorial...
article Sochan in springtime: Cherokee looks to reclaim plant gathering traditions in the Smokies
(North Carolina) -- For centuries and even millennia, the early spring greens of the sochan plant have served as a celebration of spring for the Cherokee people. If a...

11/26/2018

article COMMENTARY: Tribe needs to allow media access, all access
(North Carolina) -- People often make the mistake of assuming that government control of the media consists solely of trying to censor the paper. It’s much more...
article Campaign finance practices questioned
(North Carolina) -- While tribal officials of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have argued for years that donations to political candidates have been necessary to...

11/23/2018

article North Carolina officials investigate Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Cherokee casino
(North Carolina) -- The Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH), along with other agencies are investigating a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated...

11/21/2018

article Jackson County, Tribe investigating three cases of Legionnaires’ Disease
(North Carolina) -- The Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH) and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) are...
article Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease may be traced back to NC casino, officials say
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina health officials are investigating several cases of Legionnaires’ disease in people who visited a western North Carolina casino...
article Plan proposed to let Cherokee members gather sochan
(North Carolina) -- An environmental assessment for a rule that would allow members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to gather sochan in the Great Smoky Mountains...

11/20/2018

article Some tribal employees no longer subjected to random drug testing
(North Carolina) -- According to a memo from Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed’s office on Tuesday, Nov. 20, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will no longer be...
article How Amanda Crowe became a Google Doodle
(North Carolina) -- The world learned of a master woodcarver as they fired up Google on the morning of Friday, Nov. 9. The late Amanda Crowe (1928-2004), famed Eastern...

11/19/2018

article Judges hear arguments in 1976 murder case
(North Carolina) -- Calvin Jones could not sleep. He was too anxious. After decades of stops and starts, court hearings and motions filed, he knew that Thursday was a...

11/16/2018

article Election law changes draw criticism and suggestions
(North Carolina) -- Election law changes are not supposed to occur during an election year. In the Sept. 6 session, Tribal Council passed an ordinance to redefine the...

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...

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