Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Leaders for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are moving forward with a voter referendum on whether to allow expanded alcohol sales on the Qualla Boundary.  When it might happen is still unclear.  Smoky Mountain News reporter Holly Kays joined BPR’s Matt Bush to discuss the latest, as well as the history of the ban on alcohol sales in Cherokee - which had been totally dry until 2009, when alcohol sales were finally permitted at the Harrah's Casino there, which first op

Davin Eldridge

The Great American Eclipse proved to be a profound moment for many people across the country, including in Cherokee.

In The Shadow Of The Eclipse, Cherokee Legends Are Told

Aug 18, 2017

With the Great American Eclipse right around the corner, the small towns of Western North Carolina set to fall directly in its path are  busy with last minute preparations before the big event. But for the town of Cherokee, the celestial spectacle is more than just another tourist event.  BPR’s Davin Eldridge met with organizers there to find out what’s in store for the reservation…

The FBI arrested seven Cherokee residents last month following an investigation into marriage fraud, and authorities are still looking for four others they allege were involved. BPR’s Davin Eldridge has more…

This week the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Tribal Council voted to remove principal chief Patrick Lambert from office.  It’s only the second time in tribe history this has occurred.  Lambert was brought up on 12 impeachment charges, and has been a controversial figure since he was first elected principal chief in 2015.

FBI Raid & Impeachment In Cherokee

Feb 3, 2017

Thursday was quite the tumultuous day in Cherokee.  The FBI raided the Qualla Housing Authority.  In October, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to the authority announcing it was investigating multiple claims of fraud.  The authority serves the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  The tribal council for the Cherokee on Thursday also announced impeachment proceedings will commence against Principal Chief Patrick Lambert.  Reporter Holly Kays of the Smoky Mountain News spoke with WCQS to recap the day's events.    

The Eastern Band of Cherokee tribe and the reservation’s surroundings in Western North Carolina are known for mountain beauty, rich culture, and history.

Of course, it's also home to North Carolina's only casino.

And it's home to Miss Native American USA. Her name is Kristina Hyatt, and she’s a dental hygienist who in the last year has visited reservations to promote dental care.

A Conversation with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Jun 2, 2015

NPR Morning Edition host and author Steve Inskeep was in Asheville Monday to promote his new book "Jacksonland."  It tells the bloody story of the long-running feud between President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Chief John Ross over land that would become the southern United States. 

Special to the Citizen-Times

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and the University of North Carolina Asheville have signed a formal agreement that may result in more members of the tribe attending the University.  Principal Chief Michell Hicks and UNC Asheville Chancellor Mary Grant signed the agreement in both Kituwah Cherokee syllabary and English last Friday.  Chancellor Grant says the agreement will lead to a deeper partnership with the Tribe.