Eastern Cherokees withdraw plan for bowling alley near casino

A view of the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina. Photo from Facebook

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians won't build a bowling alley next to its flagship casino in North Carolina.

Plans called for a $15 million, 24-lane facility adjacent to the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. Tribal members support the project but they want to see it another location.

"I’m against it being up at the casino," elder Geraldine Thompson said at a council meeting on Tuesday, The Cherokee One Feather reported. "You can always find places to build."

Patrick Lambert, who just won election as chief of the tribe with 71 percent of the vote, supports the alley. But he said $15 million was too much to spend and believes costs can be lowered, The One Feather reported.

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Bowling Alley proposal withdrawn (The Cherokee One Feather 9/8)
Landslide win makes Lambert new Cherokee chief (The Smoky Mountain News 9/9)
Lambert wins Chief’s race in landslide (The Cherokee One Feather 9/7)

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