Tribal Council

Lilly Knoepp

Earlier this month, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Tribal Council upheld its ban on same-sex marriage. BPR looked into how widespread these bans are in Native American Tribal governments across the United States:

Courtesy of EBCI Tribal Council

The Eastern Band of Cherokee will not officially recognize same-sex marriages on the Qualla Boundary.  BPR was at Thursday’s tribal council meeting when the vote was taken…

“Still determined. Resolve is still there.”

Courtesy of Tribal Council

News of over 1,000 unmarked graves of children found at an indigenous residential school in Canada hit home for members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Lilly Knoepp

Supporters say they will keep showing up until the tribal council for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians hears their call to recognize same-sex marriage. 

Just like last month, tribal council members voted for a second time not to read a resolution that would change the Cherokee code to recognize same-sex marriage.  

But at Thursday’s meeting, almost 20 Eastern Band members turned out to show their support for the measure. 

Lilly Knoepp

The candidates for the Eastern Band of Cherokee’s Tribal Council elections have been finalized. The full list was published from the EBCI Elections board on Thursday by the Cherokee One Feather. All 12 seats – two for each township – are up for election. The primary election will be held at the beginning of June.

Matt Bush

Both Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos opened at 30 percent capacity Thursday morning.

When Chief Richard Sneed of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians talks about the tribe’s yearly budget - he’s also talking about the revenue of Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos.  


“I don't think that most of our citizens have given much thought to the fact of how everything is tied to gaming revenue,” says Sneed.