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Eastern Cherokee council ousts chief for only second time in historyFiled Under: National | Politics
Eastern Cherokee council ousts chief for only second time in history (May 26, 2017)
The Eastern Cherokee council voted 9 to 3 in favor of ousting Patrick Lambert as principal chief of the North Carolina-based tribe.
Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearingFiled Under: National | Politics
Eastern Cherokee chief questions fairness of impeachment hearing (May 24, 2017)
Chief Patrick Lambert accused critics of going after him for purely political reasons.
Eastern Cherokee leaders open impeachment hearing against chiefFiled Under: National | Politics
Eastern Cherokee leaders open impeachment hearing against chief (May 22, 2017)
Chief Patrick Lambert was unable to stop the proceedings and insists he cannot get a fair trial before the tribal council.
North Carolina woman sentenced for kidnapping Cherokee childrenFiled Under: Law | World
North Carolina woman sentenced for kidnapping Cherokee children (April 20, 2017)
The three children were found safe in Mexico in June 2016 after being kidnapped in November 2014.
Eastern Cherokee citizens support chief amid call for impeachmentFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Eastern Cherokee citizens support chief amid call for impeachment (April 20, 2017)
The North Carolina tribe's legislative body is moving ahead with impeachment proceedings
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognitionFiled Under: National | Federal Recognition
Lumbee Tribe welcomes 'additional avenues' for seeking federal recognition (January 3, 2017)
The Obama administration has opened the door for the North Carolina tribe to seek federal recognition through the Bureau of Indian Affairs
United South and Eastern Tribes open sovereignty conferenceFiled Under: National
United South and Eastern Tribes open sovereignty conference (October 25, 2016)
Leaders of 26 tribes, from Maine to Florida to Texas, are hearing updates on key issues.
Eastern Cherokees looking to build data center on reservationFiled Under: Business | Technology
Eastern Cherokees looking to build data center on reservation (October 25, 2016)
The North Carolina tribe plans to secure $100 million in financing for the project.
Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigationsFiled Under: Law
Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations (October 12, 2016)
The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice are looking into the North Carolina tribe.
Eastern Cherokee group loses lawsuit over pay raise for councilFiled Under: Law | Politics
Eastern Cherokee group loses lawsuit over pay raise for council (September 14, 2016)
Members of the North Carolina tribe's council gave themselves $10,600 raises and made them retroactive.
Eastern Cherokees contribute $50K to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to support #NoDAPL fightFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Eastern Cherokees contribute $50K to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to support #NoDAPL fight (September 7, 2016)
The North Carolina tribe is the latest to show solidarity with the #NoDAPL movement.
Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee churchFiled Under: Law
Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee church (August 17, 2016)
Tribal police helped investigate a crime that led to the 16-year sentence for the death of Tyler Britton Gaddis in March 2015.
Eastern Cherokees toughen drug laws and keep eye on treatmentFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Eastern Cherokees toughen drug laws and keep eye on treatment (August 3, 2016)
The North Carolina tribe is imposing fines on Indians and non-Indians who bring drugs into the community and is building a new treatment center.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians clarifies official name and sealFiled Under: National
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians clarifies official name and seal (July 15, 2016)
The tribe will not use the 'Eastern Band of Cherokee Nation' name that has appeared on some documents and some versions of the seal.
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdictionFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | Politics
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction (June 21, 2016)
Indian Country isn't the only one paying attention to a tribal jurisdiction case that's pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authorityFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority (June 21, 2016)
S.2785, the Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act, recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes to arrest, prosecute and sentence any person for drug crimes and domestic violence against children.
Bill lowers tuition at historic Indian university in North CarolinaFiled Under: Education | Politics
Bill lowers tuition at historic Indian university in North Carolina (June 2, 2016)
The Access to Affordable Higher Education Act lowers tuition to just $500 a semester but it has been controversial.
Eastern Cherokee elder translates 'Charlotte's Web' into TsalagiFiled Under: Education
Eastern Cherokee elder translates 'Charlotte's Web' into Tsalagi (May 26, 2016)
Myrtle Driver Johnson, a Beloved Woman of the tribe, spent three years working on the children's classic.
Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic frackingFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Navajo Nation lawmakers debate position on hydraulic fracking (May 17, 2016)
A bill advancing in the Navajo Nation Council would not outlaw the practice but would put the the tribe's opposition on record.
Eastern Cherokees go free of debt after paying off $96M in loansFiled Under: National
Eastern Cherokees go free of debt after paying off $96M in loans (May 12, 2016)
The payment covers the costs associated with a new hospital and a new waste water treatment plant on the North Carolina reservation.
Eastern Cherokees move to pay off more than $96M in existing debtFiled Under: Health | Politics
Eastern Cherokees move to pay off more than $96M in existing debt (May 6, 2016)
The North Carolina tribe will be completely debt free after paying off loans associated with two big projects on the reservation.
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds names to memorial for fallen officersFiled Under: Law | National
Bureau of Indian Affairs adds names to memorial for fallen officers (May 4, 2016)
The names of three officers who died in the line of duty in Indian Country are being added to the memorial.
Eastern Cherokee group hails Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty ActFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Eastern Cherokee group hails Tribal Marijuana Sovereignty Act (April 27, 2016)
A grassroots group called Common Sense Cannabis has been advocating for marijuana as a health aide on the reservation.
Eastern Cherokees debate $92M family-friendly 'adventure park'Filed Under: Business
Eastern Cherokees debate $92M family-friendly 'adventure park' (March 25, 2016)
The proposal dates back several years but it hasn't advanced to construction because the tribe has been focusing on other big-ticket items on the North Carolina reservation.
Eastern Cherokees take aim at substance abuse and treatmentFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Eastern Cherokees take aim at substance abuse and treatment (March 23, 2016)
The tribe has allocated $16 million for prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and other facilities on the North Carolina reservation.
Robert Jumper: Plenty to enjoy in the Eastern Cherokee outdoorsFiled Under: Environment | Opinion
Robert Jumper: Plenty to enjoy in the Eastern Cherokee outdoors (March 14, 2016)
Put down your smartphone or tablet, or, better yet, leave those at home so you won’t be interrupted.
Robert Jumper: Eastern Cherokees exercise powers at ballot boxFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Robert Jumper: Eastern Cherokees exercise powers at ballot box (March 4, 2016)
Cherokee people are impacted by what other municipalities, state and federal government officials do.
President Barack Obama hosted meeting with tribal leaders in DCFiled Under: National | Politics
President Barack Obama hosted meeting with tribal leaders in DC (March 1, 2016)
Chief Patrick Lambert of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians was among the group of 16 who met with the president on February 23.
Cherokee tribes work to keep language alive for new generationsFiled Under: Education | National
Cherokee tribes work to keep language alive for new generations (March 1, 2016)
Only about 3,000 Cherokee Nation citizens are fluent while the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians counts upwards of 400 fluent speakers.
Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee billsFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Rep. Don Young vows quick action on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 25, 2016)
H.R.3477, the Native American Tourism and Improving Visitor Experience (NATIVE) Act, and H.R.3599, the Eastern Band Cherokee Historic Lands Reacquisition Act, saw strong support at a hearing on Capitol Hill.
Witness list for House hearing on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee billsFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Witness list for House hearing on tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 23, 2016)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold its first hearing of 2016 on February 24.
House panel to take up tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee billsFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
House panel to take up tribal tourism and Eastern Cherokee bills (February 18, 2016)
The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs will hold its first hearing of 2016 on February 24.
Robert Jumper: Keep Eastern Cherokee council meetings on recordFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Robert Jumper: Keep Eastern Cherokee council meetings on record (February 8, 2016)
You have a right to know not only how your representatives vote, but what they say about why and how they are casting a vote that may directly affect your future and future generations.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians see turnaround at golf courseFiled Under: Business | Sports
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians see turnaround at golf course (February 3, 2016)
The tribe purchased the Sequoyah National Golf Club in 2014 and patrons are reporting happy experiences.
Eastern Cherokee defendants seek dismissal of pay raise lawsuit Filed Under: Law | Politics
Eastern Cherokee defendants seek dismissal of pay raise lawsuit (January 14, 2016)
Members of the tribal council voted to give themselves raises of more than $10,000 and made them retroactive to 2010 so even former leaders got more money.
Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in AlabamaFiled Under: Environment
Tribes to repatriate ancestors removed from refuge in Alabama (January 12, 2016)
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the Cherokee Nation, the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Chickasaw Nation are jointly reburying the remains of three individuals.
Eastern Cherokees consider disenrollment law for drug dealersFiled Under: Law
Eastern Cherokees consider disenrollment law for drug dealers (December 9, 2015)
The tribal council debated a resolution that could lead to banishment or disenrollment of members who are convicted of dealing drugs.
Eastern Cherokee leader vetoes resolution for marijuana studyFiled Under: National | Politics
Eastern Cherokee leader vetoes resolution for marijuana study (December 7, 2015)
Chief Patrick Lambert doesn't want the North Carolina tribe to consider legalizing the drug for recreational purposes.
Patrick Lambert: My first month as Eastern Cherokee chiefFiled Under: Opinion
Patrick Lambert: My first month as Eastern Cherokee chief (November 16, 2015)
I have worked every day including weekends since being sworn in and have not had a day of less than 10 hours in the office or at meetings yet.
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot projectFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project (November 6, 2015)
The tribes will be gain access to national criminal databases as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.
Robert Jumper: Be thankful for our Eastern Cherokee veteransFiled Under: Opinion
Robert Jumper: Be thankful for our Eastern Cherokee veterans (November 2, 2015)
On the Veterans’ Memorial, in front of the tribal finance office and council house, engraved in granite, are the names of all enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who served in the armed forces and have passed away.
Eastern Cherokees to conduct feasibility study on marijuanaFiled Under: Health | National
Eastern Cherokees to conduct feasibility study on marijuana (October 29, 2015)
Tribal members and leaders embraced the drug as a health aide.
Eastern Cherokee police officer Anthony Lossiah is laid to restFiled Under: Law | National
Eastern Cherokee police officer Anthony Lossiah is laid to rest (October 16, 2015)
The 38-year-old officer died on October 6 after suffering an injury on duty.
Eastern Cherokees welcome visitors to $82M health facilityFiled Under: Health
Eastern Cherokees welcome visitors to $82M health facility (October 15, 2015)
The tribe financed the Cherokee Indian Hospital completely with its own funds.
Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenshipFiled Under: Law
Inmate files lawsuits in search of Eastern Cherokee citizenship (October 13, 2015)
Robert Sioleski, 58, claims his grandmother was Cherokee and wants membership in order to participate in ceremonies in prison.
Eastern Cherokees disavow any ties to Washington NFL teamFiled Under: National | Sports
Eastern Cherokees disavow any ties to Washington NFL team (September 11, 2015)
Tribal leaders and members were upset to see Chief Michell Hicks, who is leaving office, appear in a video in support of the team and its racist mascot.
Eastern Cherokees agree to purchase historic mound for $170KFiled Under: Environment
Eastern Cherokees agree to purchase historic mound for $170K (September 9, 2015)
Some tribal leaders wanted to see an appraisal for the 12-acre property in Graham County, North Carolina.
Paper must ask to attend Eastern Cherokee council meetingsFiled Under: National | Politics
Paper must ask to attend Eastern Cherokee council meetings (August 27, 2015)
Freedom of the press remains a work in progress on the tribe's reservation in North Carolina.
Eastern Cherokee marriage resolution quotes Bible versesFiled Under: Law | National
Eastern Cherokee marriage resolution quotes Bible verses (August 19, 2015)
The tribe won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but will recognize marriages performed in other jurisdictions.
Eastern Cherokees getting ready to elect a new principal chiefFiled Under: Politics
Eastern Cherokees getting ready to elect a new principal chief (August 12, 2015)
Three candidates are hoping to become the next leader of the North Carolina tribe.
County sheriff cleared of racial profiling claims to be CherokeeFiled Under: Law
County sheriff cleared of racial profiling claims to be Cherokee (August 10, 2015)
The Department of Justice accused Sheriff Terry Johnson of discriminating against Hispanic drivers in Alamance County, North Carolina.
Opinion: Eastern Cherokee leaders kick reporter out of meetingFiled Under: Opinion
Opinion: Eastern Cherokee leaders kick reporter out of meeting (July 30, 2015)
This is the second time in the last seven months the Tribal Council, under the leadership of Chairwoman Terri Henry, has decided to exclude the media.
Congress fails to provide funds to help tribes comply with VAWAFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Congress fails to provide funds to help tribes comply with VAWA (July 29, 2015)
The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 authorized $25 million over five years but none of the money has been made available to Indian Country.
Eastern Cherokees assert authority in all domestic violence casesFiled Under: Law | National
Eastern Cherokees assert authority in all domestic violence cases (June 16, 2015)
The tribe can arrest, prosecute and try non-Indians who commit certain offenses on the reservation.
Students from Oglala Sioux Tribe get close with First Lady ObamaFiled Under: Education | Health | National
Students from Oglala Sioux Tribe get close with First Lady Obama (June 4, 2015)
Avianna Garcia, 9, and Gabriel Brooks, 10, shared a lot of face time with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House event.
Remember the Removal Ride follows 950 miles of Trail of TearsFiled Under: National
Remember the Removal Ride follows 950 miles of Trail of Tears (June 3, 2015)
Twelve young members of the Cherokee Nation and seven from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are tracing the forced removal of their ancestors on the Trail of Tears.
Eastern Cherokees face lawsuit over raises for council membersFiled Under: Law | Politics
Eastern Cherokees face lawsuit over raises for council members (June 3, 2015)
A group of tribal members are upset with raises that were made retroactive to 2010 with little public discussion.
Robert Jumper: Eastern Cherokee youth show great leadershipFiled Under: Opinion
Robert Jumper: Eastern Cherokee youth show great leadership (June 1, 2015)
During the month of May, the Junaluska Leadership Council hosted several candidate forums for the elected offices that will be the focus of a primary on June 4.
Gregory Smithers: Same-sex marriage within Cherokee cultureFiled Under: Opinion
Gregory Smithers: Same-sex marriage within Cherokee culture (June 1, 2015)
There’s no question that gay rights and same-sex marriage will continue to stir debate in Indian Country, as it does throughout the United States.
Eastern Cherokees to choose a new principal chief this yearFiled Under: Politics
Eastern Cherokees to choose a new principal chief this year (May 6, 2015)
Chief Michell Hicks, who has served three terms, decided not to seek re-election, a decision that has opened the field to five candidates.

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