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Richard Sneed elected principal chief of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Current Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed was elected for a four-year term as principal chief last Thursday. Chief Sneed was elected with 55 percent of the vote, defeating Teresa McCoy. The elections were open to enrolled members of the EBCI.

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7/1/2020

article Cherokee has second COVID-related death
(North Carolina) -- As of June 30, North Carolina had 64,670 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The death toll is now over 1,300 and 908 people are currently hospitalized. The...

6/25/2020

article EBCI reports first death of tribal member from COVID-19
(North Carolina) -- On Monday afternoon, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Health and Human Services and Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority reported the first death...

6/24/2020

article Masks to be required in Cherokee starting on Friday
(North Carolina) -- The Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians issued an Executive Order requiring residents and visitors to wear masks in most public places...
article Face coverings to be required on EBCI tribal lands and throughout state
(North Carolina) -- Following a week of increased coronavirus (COVID-19) cases statewide and the first reported death among the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI),...
article Masks to be required in Cherokee starting on Friday
(North Carolina) -- The Chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians issued an Executive Order requiring residents and visitors to wear masks in most public places...

6/23/2020

article Cherokee reports first COVID-19 death; masks required started Friday
(North Carolina) -- The EBCI Public Health & Human Services Division and Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority have confirmed the first COVID-19 death for a tribal...
article CCS to operate on ‘bare bones’ budget
(North Carolina) -- The Monday, June 15 meeting of the Cherokee Central Schools (CCS) Board of Education was called to order at 4:45 p.m. with Chair Jennifer Thompson;...

6/22/2020

article Cherokee reports first COVID-19 death; Chief Sneed to issue mask order
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Public Health and Human Services Division (PHHS) and the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority (CIHA)...

6/12/2020

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians EDO acquires modular home builder out of bankruptcy
(North Carolina) -- Kituwah LLC, the economic development organization for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, acquired a company that makes modular homes earlier this...

6/10/2020

article Harrah’s Cherokee has reopened, and the casino is dedicated to safety and sanitizer - here’s what to expect
(North Carolina) -- I’ve never been so self-conscious about a sneeze. But as I followed digital signage leading to the singular entry area at Harrah’s...

6/4/2020

article COVID cases at child care facility prompt extended closure of Tribe
(North Carolina) -- Several employees at the Qualla Boundary Head Start & Early Head Start in Cherokee have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) prompting...

6/3/2020

article Casinos reopen at limited capacity
(North Carolina) -- For the first time since closing March 18, Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos in Murphy and Cherokee are now open to the general public. The facilities...

6/1/2020

article Cherokee cases increase as “community spread” confirmed
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee has seen nine (9) new positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the last two days (four reported on Sunday, May 31 and five on Monday...

5/28/2020

article Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort reopening for patrons
(North Carolina) -- A North Carolina casino says it's ready to reopen its doors to patrons. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort says it’s planning to reopen...
article ‘Everything Is Tied To Gaming Revenue,’ Says Chief Sneed As Eastern Band Casinos Reopen
(North Carolina) -- Both Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos opened at 30 percent capacity Thursday morning. When Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...

5/27/2020

article Casino will open tomorrow
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos will open to the public for the first time since March 18 at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 28. The casinos will implement new...
article Harrah's Cherokee Casino reopens to public on Thursday, requiring masks & temperature checks before entering
(North Carolina) -- After 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 gradual...
article Something to celebrate: Cherokee valedictorian navigates a pandemic
(North Carolina) -- As February melted into March, Raylen Bark was so busy she had little time to think about the fact that her senior year at Cherokee High School was...
article Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos opening Thursday morning
(North Carolina) -- Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos have announced that it will open to the public at 6am on Thursday, May 28, in accordance with directives from the Eastern...

5/15/2020

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...

5/13/2020

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...

5/12/2020

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...

5/9/2020

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...

5/8/2020

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...

5/7/2020

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...

5/6/2020

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...

5/2/2020

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...

4/28/2020

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...

4/27/2020

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...

4/20/2020

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...

4/18/2020

article Tribal member to model in New York Fashion Week
(New York) -- A long with London, Milan, and Paris, Fashion Week in New York City sets the tone for the fashion world. New York Fashion Week will tentatively be held in...

4/15/2020

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...

4/10/2020

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...

4/9/2020

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...

4/6/2020

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...

4/1/2020

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 &...

3/30/2020

article Memphis restaurant delivers meals to Cherokee
(Tennessee) -- DreamCatcher Hotels, the Memphis-based hotel developer that brought Memphis the Guest House at Graceland hotel concept, is sending a large, delicious care...

3/29/2020

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...

3/28/2020

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.

3/27/2020

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 Memphis Hotel Developer sends a quarantined community a BBQ Care Package, 'From Memphis with Love'
(Tennessee) -- One Memphis company has found a way to help a hometown business while also helping a client in another state. DreamCatcher Hotels, the Memphis-based hotel...

3/26/2020

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...

3/25/2020

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...
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...
article EBCI suspends operations, limits access to Boundary
(North Carolina) -- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed last Friday announced a State of Emergency for the EBCI, closing administrative...

3/24/2020

article Cherokee announces preemptive border closure
(North Carolina) -- As of press time there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Qualla Boundary, but the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians isn’t waiting until...

3/22/2020

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Issue State of Emergency; Road Closures in Place
(North Carolina) -- On March 21, 2020, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) said in a release that it will be suspending all tribal operations and closing all...

3/21/2020

article Cherokee tourism industry feels the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak
(North Carolina) -- Two major attractions for tourists close in the mountains. Both Harrah’s casinos and the attached hotels are shutting down during the outbreak...
article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians issues state of emergency; Road closures in place
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) has amended its state of emergency that was put in place Friday. On March 21, 2020, EBCI said in a...

3/18/2020

article EBCI moves to four-day week, closes all lobbies
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed announced on Wednesday, March 18 that the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) will be closing on Fridays until...

3/17/2020

article Restaurants on tribal lands, state directed to close dining rooms; take-out permitted
(North Carolina) -- Restaurants throughout the State of North Carolina were directed to close their dining rooms as of Wednesday, March 18 in efforts to reduce the...

3/15/2020

article Tribe, casino to maintain operations; schools closing due to coronavirus
(North Carolina) -- With nationwide closures and cancellations mounting due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), several of the major entities of the Eastern...

3/5/2020

article Council approves changes to Tribe’s exclusion laws
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council has approved changes to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ (EBCI) exclusion laws. By an unanimous vote, Council passed Ord....
article Tribe’s realty, historical documents to remain in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- With the process ongoing for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to take over realty functions of the Tribe from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA...

3/4/2020

article Banishment law changes considered in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council will consider a pair of ordinances proposing changes to the tribe’s banishment laws during its March 5 meeting, and with...

2/28/2020

article Eastern Cherokee seek to enter commercial gaming
(Virginia) -- gaming to an off-reservation venture in Bristol, Virginia. The proposal hinges on passage of legislation to legalize casino gaming in Virginia and the...
article Cherokee's purchase of modular home company serves dual purpose
(North Carolina) -- Tribal leaders have taken steps to bring more affordable housing to members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. An economic development group...

2/26/2020

article Proposed ordinance aims to ensure transparency for tribal boards
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council is considering an ordinance change that would require the tribe’ various boards and committees to publicly televise or stream their...

2/24/2020

article TERO Report: TERO fees; the positive impact TERO fees can have on the tribal work force and economy
(North Carolina) -- The Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) serves a vital role in the overall employment rate of EBCI enrolled Tribal members by providing Indian...
article Member of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians indicted after overdose death
(North Carolina) -- A federal grand jury has indicted a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for her part in an overdose death. Shannon White, 42, an enrolled...

2/19/2020

article OP/ED: Tribal Council in line for pay increase, and what comes with it
(North Carolina) -- We have always been a bit bothered by the notion that public servants are paid. Certainly, no one ever includes as part of their campaign the desire...

2/17/2020

article Principal Chief’s Report for Feb. 15
(North Carolina) -- The position of Principal Chief affords me many opportunities to serve the citizens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). This past week, I...
article Cherokee writers invited to first annual SEACS Conference
(North Carolina) -- The Southeastern Association of Cultural Studies (SEACS) held its first annual conference from Feb. 7-8 in Charlotte. The conference is made up of 24...

2/12/2020

article How casino gaming revenue impacts schools and healthcare in Cherokee, N.C.
(North Carolina) -- Gaming legislation advancing in the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday moved the state another step closer to legalizing casinos. Across state...

2/8/2020

article Casino holds key to further development of The Pinnacle in Bristol, developer says
(Virginia) -- A casino holds the key to a proposed $500 million development on the Virginia portion of The Pinnacle, developer Steve Johnson said. Johnson continues to...

2/6/2020

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians acquires ancestral property in Tennessee
(Tennessee) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recently acquired about 198 acres of ancestral territory in Tennessee. The property is located in Sevier County. It...

2/3/2020

article Is Gaming Coming to Gatlinburg, Tennessee?
(Tennessee) -- Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in the state of Tennessee are popular tourist destinations year-round in the south. Travelers come to the region to enjoy...
article Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Seeks $100 Million Transformation Supporting Asheville’s Booming Music Scene
(North Carolina) -- Named the new must-visit music city by Rolling Stone in 2019, Asheville, North Carolina is home to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, celebrating its 80th...

1/26/2020

article Cherokee Pinnacle Casino proposal includes golf venue, water park, and mountain coaster
(Virginia) -- A new website for the Cherokee Casino & Resort at the Pinnacle is shedding new light on what could come to the Pinnacle along with the casino. Photos...
article Tribal member named to Lawyers of Color’s Power List 2020
(North Carolina) -- Lawyers of Color (LoC) released the names of the honorees for its fifth Power List on Friday, Jan. 24, which is presented with the support of the...

1/24/2020

article EBCI acquires possession of Land Records from BIA
(North Carolina) -- The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has officially signed over the possessory holding land records to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) on...

1/23/2020

article TIME: Child Poverty Is a Moral Tragedy. This Policy Would Significantly Reduce the Number of Kids Affected
(North Carolina) -- Nearly 1 in 5 American children is officially poor. That’s roughly 15 million kids. But the number living with a significant deprivation–...
article COMMENTARY: Will we have a free press, and other constitutional matters
(North Carolina) -- Personally, I don’t want you or the government to tell me what to believe or to control the flow of information to me. And, I don’t want...

1/22/2020

article Cherokee retail project moves forward
(North Carolina) -- A new retail complex featuring a mix of local and national chains is expected to break ground in Cherokee this year, with Tribal Council voting this...
article Tribal Council approves $4 million Balsam West loan
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hopes to earn more than $1 million over 10 years by extending a $4 million loan to broadband provider Balsam...
article EBCI represents at AISES Annual Conference
(Wisconsin) -- The recent 42nd American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisc. included the following representatives from...

1/21/2020

article Cherokee Chamber Singers bring their message to Charlotte: ‘We’re still here’
(North Carolina) -- If you visit Cherokee, N.C., you can see Indians as museum exhibits, denizens of a reconstructed village, perhaps croupiers in a casino resort or...

1/19/2020

article Cherokee leader says his community’s health care, education, economy benefit from gaming
(North Carolina) -- Everyone in this tiny North Carolina mountain community seems to know Richard Sneed. Whether walking through the gleaming $128 million Cherokee...

1/15/2020

article Cherokee angles for Virginia casino project
(Virginia) -- Casino gaming is under serious discussion in the Virginia legislature this year, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hoping to get in on the ground...
article Dueling casinos: Pinnacle owner, Cherokee agreement sets up conflicting proposals for Southwest Va. gambling
(Virginia) -- Developer Steve Johnson and a federally recognized Cherokee tribe announced an agreement last week to establish a proposed casino in Washington County,...
article Tribal Council passes term limits for casino board members
(North Carolina) -- After nearly an hour of debate, Tribal Council voted unanimously last week to place term limits on members of the two boards that oversee tribal...

1/14/2020

article Eastern Band Of Cherokee Propose Casino In Virginia
(Virginia) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hoping to expand gaming operations outside North Carolina. Eastern Band Principal Chief Richard Sneed says the...

1/13/2020

article Confusion over two Bristol casino projects
(Virginia) -- The competing casino projects have people confused. What if we looked at the casino like it’s a football game. The casino is like the Super Bowl, the...
article Eastern Band Of Cherokee Propose Casino In Virginia
(Virginia) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are hoping to expand their gaming operations outside North Carolina. Eastern Band Principal Chief Richard Sneed says...

1/11/2020

article Tribes join race for commercial casino in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Two Indian nations are looking to land a commercial casino in Virginia while a third keeps its options open after recently gaining federal recognition. The...
article Council approves term limits for TGC and TCGE boards
(North Carolina) -- Following a lengthy debate during its regular session on Thursday, Jan. 9, Tribal Council approved term limits for the TGC (Tribal Gaming Commission...

1/10/2020

article Tribe proposing casino in southwestern Virginia
(Virginia) -- Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed announced plans on Tuesday, Jan. 7 for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) to develop a casino as part of...
article Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville officially opens
(North Carolina) -- The City of Asheville and Harrah’s Cherokee held a grand opening of the Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville (HCCA) with a public...

1/9/2020

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to Build a Casino Resort in Virginia
(Virginia) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), a federally recognized tribe, has formed a partnership with Johnson Commercial Development to develop a casino...
article Second Bristol Virginia Casino Proposed, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Partners With Local Developer
(Virginia) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) announced Tuesday that it’s partnering with commercial real estate developer Steve Johnson to bring a...

1/8/2020

article BLOG: Now the Cherokee Want to Build a Casino in Virginia
(Virginia) -- Indian ancestral lands are sacred — sacred, I tell you! Until they’re not. As is apparently the case in Washington County, where the Eastern Band of...
article Casino competition: Cherokee leader says Pinnacle site would benefit Virginians – state delegate prefers mall proposal
(Virginia) -- The chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) said Wednesday he believes property near the Pinnacle in Washington County, Va. offers superior...
article Cherokee & Pinnacle developers propose casino project to compete with Bristol Hard Rock
(Virginia) -- As of January 7, there are now two proposals to bring casinos to our region. The proposed sites are within four miles of each other. One is at the former...
article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians unveils casino resort project
(Virginia) -- The federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced plans Tuesday to build a 350-acre casino resort in Southwest Virginia’s...
article New casino proposed for Bristol area of Southwest Virginia
(Virginia) -- A second group has announced interest in building a casino and resort in southwest Virginia. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and developer Steve...

1/7/2020

article Cherokee leaders propose casino resort in Virginia
(Virginia) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is interested in building another casino. Tribal leaders and a developer are proposing the facility for southwest...
article Cherokee tribe announces plan for casino in Southwest Virginia
(Virginia) -- A new player emerged in Virginia’s casino race Tuesday as the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians announced plans to build a 350-...
article Developers of proposed casino betting on competitive process
(Virginia) -- Developers of a newly proposed second local casino are betting the state of Virginia will use competitive bidding to award casino licenses. On Tuesday, the...
article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians proposes casino and resort in Washington County, Va.
(Virginia) -- The Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI), Richard Sneed, announced Tuesday that his organization has reached an agreement to develop and...
article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians proposes casino in Washington County, Va. adding to high-dollar competition
(Virginia) -- A new tribal competitor has emerged in Southwest Virginia for the Virginia casino sweepstakes that is about to take center stage in the newly elected...

1/6/2020

article What's in a name? Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville gets new sign
(North Carolina) -- Out with the old, in with the new. The Harrah's Cherokee Center-Asheville sign is officially up on what was formerly known as the U.S. Cellular...

12/26/2019

article Bill aiming to return historic Cherokee land passes House, heads to Senate
(Tennessee) -- A U.S. House bill aimed at keeping a promise made decades ago to the Cherokee people now has passed out of that chamber and is headed to the U.S. Senate.

12/23/2019

article Park, Tribe seeking amendments to sochan gathering agreement
(North Carolina) -- Officials from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are happy with the implementation of the...

12/11/2019

article Detention hearing held following cyber-attack
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee Tribal Court opened the detention hearing for Benjamin Cody Long on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. The hearing came two...

12/10/2019

article Cyber attack shuts down NC Native American tribe’s network, one arrested, chief says
(North Carolina) -- Computer networks and websites for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians were still down Tuesday morning after a cyber attack targeted the North...

12/9/2019

article Tribe victim of cyber-attack, suspect arrested and arraigned
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) was the victim of a large cyber-attack on Sunday, Dec. 8, and a suspect was arrested and arraigned on...

12/7/2019

article EBCI tribal leaders pass 7 percent COLA for tribal employees
(North Carolina) -- Tribal employees of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) will get an early Christmas present in the form of a 7 percent COLA (Cost of Living...

12/6/2019

article Tribal Council kills resort proposal
(North Carolina) -- A $30 million deal to bring a story-themed resort to Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians-owned land in Sevier County will not go forward following a...
article Tribal member assists research into cell phone health hazards
(North Carolina) -- Kristin “Sassy” Washington, a healthcare communications major at Western Carolina University, recently conducted research with her...
article WCU graduate student working to translate Cherokee language from native newspaper
(North Carolina) -- Constance Owl’s master’s degree thesis is more than a means to a graduate degree in American history. It’s a portal to...

12/4/2019

article New hires to speed child custody cases in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council voted unanimously last month to expand the tribe’s roster of attorneys in hopes of moving child custody cases through the courts...
article Cherokee artist showcase at Rotunda Gallery
(North Carolina) -- A showing of new works and a series of prints by Jenean Hornbuckle, a landscape painter, will open with an artist reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday...

12/2/2019

article Mama June Hits Up Casino for Black Friday ... Just Geno, No Fam in Sight
(North Carolina) -- Mama June avoided Black Friday shoppers like the plague by hitting up a casino with her boyfriend ... and there were still no signs of a family...

11/23/2019

article EBCI programs host kickoff event for elder justice
(North Carolina) -- Several community partners came together on Tuesday, Nov. 19 to begin coordinating a response to address elder abuse in the community. The EBCI (...

11/19/2019

article Chief Sneed wants to increase COLA to 7 percent
(North Dakota) -- Tribal employees of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians were happy following the last session of Annual Council on Thursday, Oct. 31 when Tribal...

11/18/2019

article Tribal member receives white coat at ECU School of Dental Medicine
(North Carolina) -- Less than 0.25 percent of dentists in the United States are Native American, and one member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) recently...

11/13/2019

article Cherokee considers Tennessee resort investment
(Tennessee) -- Cherokee leaders are hoping to establish a lucrative business on a portion of the 300-plus acres of Interstate 40 frontage the tribe purchased in...

11/7/2019

article 5th Quarter: Panthers strike deal with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
(North Carolina) -- The Carolina Panthers have announced a big deal with a major North Carolina casino and it has people wondering if this is a gamble on sports betting...

11/6/2019

article Annual Council focuses on language preservation
(North Carolina) -- In the wake of a June 27 joint resolution from the three Cherokee tribes that declared the native language to be in a state of emergency, this year...

11/1/2019

article Council approves 5 percent COLA for tribal employees
(North Carolina) -- Tribal employees of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) will soon receive a cost of living adjustment (COLA). During its last session of...

10/30/2019

article Cherokee to revisit election ordinance
(North Carolina) -- With a new Tribal Council seated and a year of reprieve in place before the election cycle begins again, the body will be considering additional...
article Tribal leaders commit funds to help save Cherokee language
(North Carolina) -- A group of Cherokee second language learners showed a board containing a list of all of the known Cherokee fluent speakers of the Eastern Band of...

10/25/2019

article Wanna Bet?: Sports gambling debuts at WNC’s Cherokee casinos
(North Carolina) -- If you want to make a legal wager in North Carolina, the two casinos jointly run by Harrah’s and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the...
article Sacred Landmark: The Nikwasi Initiative takes the lead on Franklin’s key Cherokee heritage site
(North Carolina) -- The Native American mound in Franklin is estimated to be more than 500 years old. In its heyday, it was the heart of a Cherokee town called Nikwasi...

10/23/2019

article Cherokee passes new budget
(North Carolina) -- After a narrow vote and a delayed ratification, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a new budget for the 2020 fiscal year. Tribal Council...

10/9/2019

article Election protest denied in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- After coming up short in the General Election Sept. 5, principal chief candidate Teresa McCoy filed an election protest Sept. 12 that the Eastern...
article New leaders inaugurated in Cherokee
(North Carolina) -- A new chapter in tribal government began this week when the winners of September’s General Election were sworn in before a crowd whose members...

10/7/2019

article Chief Sneed at Inauguration: “We will exceed all expectations.”
(Oklahoma) -- The 28th Principal Chief and Vice Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians as well as the new Tribal Council and three Cherokee Central Schools Board...

10/3/2019

article EBCI Board of Elections dismisses McCoy’s protest
(North Carolina) -- The EBCI Board of Elections (BOE) has voted to dismiss the protest filed by Teresa McCoy, candidate for Principal Chief in the September General...

10/2/2019

article Gift of the Mountains: Rooted in the Mountains connects Cherokee past and global future
(North Carolina) -- It was an hour and a half after sunrise, and the day’s first rays had not yet touched Judaculla Rock, hidden away in a hollow near Caney Fork...
press release Harrah’s Cherokee premiere of Aruze Gaming’s Roll To Win Craps
(Las Vegas) -- Aruze Gaming (“Aruze”) is delighted to announce the global premiere of Roll To Win Craps™ at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in...

9/11/2019

article Sneed elected Principal Chief of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(North Carolina) -- Current Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed was elected for a four-year term as principal chief last Thursday. Chief Sneed...

9/10/2019

press release Richard Sneed elected principal chief of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
(North Carolina) -- Current Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Principal Chief Richard Sneed was elected for a four-year term as principal chief last Thursday. Chief Sneed...

9/6/2019

article Incumbents dominate EBCI tribal election
(North Carolina) -- Every incumbent that was on the ballot of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) General Election, held Thursday, Sept. 5, won their respective...
article Incumbents sweep Cherokee election
(North Carolina) -- Principal Chief Richard Sneed produced a decisive victory in yesterday’s election, pulling in 55.11 percent of the vote against opponent Teresa...
article Sneed Holds On To Principal Chief Seat In Unofficial Cherokee Election Results
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians held their general election last night for all 12 tribal council seats, vice chief and principal Chief. In...

9/5/2019

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians elects chief, tribal council members
(North Carolina) -- Voters on the Qualla Boundary go to the polls Thursday in tribal government elections. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are voting for chief,...

9/3/2019

article North Carolina Bill Calling For Sports Betting Study Delivered To Governor
(North Carolina) -- A piece of legislation aimed at exploring the expansion of gambling in North Carolina is now on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. The bill, SB 574, was...
article Voters Head To Polls In Eastern Band Of Cherokee Elections
(North Carolina) -- Blue Ridge Public Radio’s Western North Carolina reporter Lilly Knoepp sat down with the two candidates running for principal chief of the...

8/29/2019

article Eastern Band Chief Candidates Have Contrasting Platforms Ahead Of Election
(North Carolina) -- One week from today, voters on the Qualla Boundary will head to the polls to elect all positions in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians tribal...

8/28/2019

article Tribe to vote on FY2020 budget
(North Carolina) -- Tribal Council is slated to vote on a budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 on Thursday, Sept. 12, but no draft document has been released to...

8/26/2019

article OP/ED: For the love of money
(North Carolina) -- We are a prosperous nation. Whether you are referring to our tribal nation or the United States, we are blessed beyond measure.
article New WCU Chancellor meets EBCI community leaders
(North Carolina) -- New Western Carolina University (WCU) Chancellor Kelli Brown was in Cherokee on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 22 as part of her ‘Welcome Tour....

8/21/2019

article Tribal Council candidates speak on the issues
(North Carolina) -- When Election Day arrives in Cherokee Sept. 5, all 12 Tribal Council seats will be up for grabs, as well as the offices of principal chief and vice...

8/20/2019

article Repatriated Cherokee Booger Masks entrusted to Museum
(New York) -- Two Cherokee Booger masks, used during the Green Corn Ceremony, are now in the expert and trusted hands of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The two masks...

8/16/2019

article How the Eastern Cherokee took control of their health care
(North Carolina) -- Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals.

8/7/2019

article Council gives $50 million to tribal LLC
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee Tribal Council voted to allocate an additional $50 million to Kituwah LLC, the tribe’s economic development arm, during its...
article Chief candidates speak on the issues
(North Carolina) -- Over the last four years, Richard Sneed and Teresa McCoy have found themselves on the opposite side of many an argument, and in September the...

8/2/2019

article Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians prepares to offer sports betting
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will offer sports betting at its two gaming facilities after an authorizing bill was signed into law in North...

7/31/2019

article Sports betting legalized on Cherokee land
(North Carolina) -- Sports wagering is now legal in casinos on the Qualla Boundary following Gov. Roy Cooper’s signature on Senate Bill 154 Friday, July 26. Harrah...
article Sportsbooks coming to North Carolina’s pair of tribal casinos
(North Carolina) -- Only three days after North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper, signed legislation that legalized sportsbetting and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians...
article Tribal Council candidates speak on the issues
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee’s Sept. 5 Election Day is coming up, and the 24 candidates running for 12 available Tribal Council seats are working to get their...

7/30/2019

article AGA Statement on North Carolina Legalizing Sports Betting
(North Carolina) -- The American Gaming Association released the following statement after Governor Roy Cooper signed S. 154 – a bill which enjoyed overwhelming...
article Harrah’s Cherokee casinos to open sportsbooks after sports betting legalized in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina has joined the growing list of states to legalize sports betting and Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos will soon accommodate guests with...
article Legal sports betting coming soon to North Carolina casinos
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina residents will be able to legally bet on sports by the end of the year. Gov. Roy Cooper gave the stamp of approval on Friday to a bill...
article North Carolina Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law for Tribal Casinos
(North Carolina) -- On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper brought sports betting to his state by signing Senate Bill 154, giving two tribal casinos the...
article Amanda Crowe Artist: All You Need to Know
(North Carolina) -- Amanda Crowe was a legendary woodcarver and educator who belonged to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian tribe and was born in Cherokee, North...

7/29/2019

article Here’s when you can place a legal sports bet at a North Carolina casino
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina’s first legal sportsbooks won’t be ready when football season opens but could be taking bets by the time college football...
article Hitting the ground running: Harrah’s Cherokee working on sportsbooks
(North Carolina) -- One business day after N.C. Governor Roy Cooper signed legislation making sports betting legal for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Harrah...
article North Carolina Governor Approves Sports Betting At Tribal Casinos
(North Carolina) -- It only took a month’s long hiatus and an overtime session from the state legislature, but a NC sports betting bill was finally signed into law...
article How the Eastern Cherokee took control of their health care
(North Carolina) -- Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain,...
article Cherokee invest in Nikwasi Mound's future, as preservation efforts pick up steam
(North Carolina) -- On a spit of land between the southbound and northbound lanes of a bustling four-lane highway stands one of Western North Carolina’s most...
article Why Is The Cherokee Language In A State Of Emergency?
(North Carolina) -- The Cherokee language is officially in a state of emergency. The number of fluent speakers has been dwindling for years. BPR spoke with Cherokee...
article OP/ED: Sitting idly by
(North Carolina) -- You have little in personal rights under the Charter and Governing Document of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, except for the right to vote....

7/26/2019

article Gov. Cooper signs law allowing sports gambling at NC tribal casinos
(North Carolina) -- Sports betting became legal at two tribal casinos in North Carolina Friday when Gov. Roy Cooper signed into law a bill allowing it at those limited...
article N Carolina governor signs bill allowing Cherokee sports betting
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina's governor has signed legislation allowing an American Indian tribe to offer sports and horse wagering at its two casinos. The measure...
article Tar Heel Born: North Carolina Sports Betting Becomes Law
(North Carolina) -- Sports betting is officially legal in North Carolina. Gov. Roy Cooper signed S 154 into law on Friday, making his state the seventh to pass a sports...

7/25/2019

article ICYMI: Casino traffic in Cherokee booming, but some say it distracts from tribe’s legacy
(North Carolina) -- The business of casinos is transforming some areas of Western North Carolina and creating jobs, but to some, that may be considered a mixed blessing...

7/24/2019

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.
article Tribe’s sports wagering bill passes House, headed to Gov. Cooper
(North Carolina) -- The ability to place bets on sports games and off-track horse racing at the two casinos operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) is...

7/22/2019

article Casino traffic booming, but may be distracting from Cherokee tribe’s legacy
(North Carolina) -- The business of casinos is transforming some areas of Western North Carolina and creating jobs, but that may be a mixed blessing at best. On a casino...
article How The Eastern Cherokee Took Control Of Their Health Care
(North Carolina) -- Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain,...

7/19/2019

article How the Eastern Cherokee in North Carolina use casino profits to revamp health care
(North Carolina) -- Light pours through large windows and glass ceilings of the Cherokee Indian Hospital onto a fireplace, a waterfall and murals. Rattlesnake Mountain,...
article North Carolina Approved the Tribal Sports Betting Bill
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina is just a step away from the legality of the sports betting. All they need is a sign from the Governor. Also, there is a good chance...
article Is a casino coming to Sevier County?
(Tennessee) -- Since the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians announced plans to purchase nearly 400 acres of land in Sevier County, many have wondered if a casino was...
article Kituwah LLC is putting “impatient money” to good use
(North Carolina) -- The Kituwah Limited Liability Company (LLC) says its quietly moving to create sustainable economic diversification for the 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...

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