The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is cheering on the Cherokee Braves as they compete for a state football championship title in North Carolina. Photo: Cherokee Braves Athletic Department
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Eastern Cherokees cheer high school football team at state championship game

A high school football team from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is vying for a championship title in North Carolina.

The Cherokee Braves are ranked Number 2 in the 1A division. They ended their season with 13 wins and just 1 loss and they are looking to capture the team's first-ever 1A state title.

“This team is holding the hopes and dreams of this small nation,” Chief Richard Sneed told The Asheville Citizen-Times. “Our team succeeding does something bigger for this community; it shows them that they belong in this world and that they have the ability to succeed.”

The Braves are facing off against the North Duplin Rebels at Noon Eastern on Saturday. The game is taking place in Raleigh, the state capital, and the tribe is sending a charter bus full of fans, The Citizen-Times reported.

For those who can't be there in person, the game will be webcast at

Read More on the Story:
Cherokee Braves playing for a nation as they strive for state championship (The Asheville Citizen-Times December 7, 2017)
Community rallies as Cherokee Braves head to state championship game (WLOS December 7, 2017)
FOOTBALL: Cherokee on to state title game (The Cherokee One Feather December 2, 2017)