Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians clarifies official name and seal

A sign welcomes people to the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina. Photo by Sogospelman / Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will continue to be known as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Leaders of the North Carolina tribe passed a resolution last week to confirm the tribe's official name, The Cherokee One Feather reported. They said action was required because some documents -- including at least one official website -- identify the tribe was the "Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation."

The council also adopted a new seal bearing the "Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians" name. It includes a date of "March 11, 1889" which is when the tribe's charter and governing document was officially approved, The One Feather reported.

The prior seal -- some versions of which feature the "Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation" name -- had a date of 1870, which was the date of an earlier constitution.

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