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Settlement investigation complete, no wrongdoing found

Tribal Council launched an investigation in January following a settlement payout to seven former employees of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. That investigation is now complete and has found there was no wrongdoing by Principal Chief Richard G. Sneed in the settlement process, and Tribal Council has committed to writing tribal law dealing with how lawsuit settlements are handled in the future.

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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...

9/22/2018

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

9/21/2018

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

9/19/2018

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

9/17/2018

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

9/15/2018

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

9/14/2018

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

9/13/2018

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

9/12/2018

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

9/11/2018

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

9/10/2018

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

9/7/2018

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

8/29/2018

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

8/22/2018

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

8/17/2018

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

8/16/2018

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

8/15/2018

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

8/14/2018

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

8/9/2018

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

8/8/2018

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

8/2/2018

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

8/1/2018

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

7/28/2018

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

7/25/2018

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

7/19/2018

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

7/18/2018

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

7/16/2018

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

7/14/2018

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

7/11/2018

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

7/6/2018

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

7/3/2018

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

6/27/2018

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

6/26/2018

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

6/21/2018

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

6/18/2018

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

6/13/2018

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

6/10/2018

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

6/7/2018

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

6/6/2018

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

6/1/2018

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

5/30/2018

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

5/25/2018

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

5/23/2018

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

5/17/2018

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

5/16/2018

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

5/13/2018

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

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