Cherokee Indian Reservation, Cherokee

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The Qualla Boundary or The Qualla is territory held as a land trust for the federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, who reside in western North Carolina. The area is part of the Cherokee's historic territory. As a trust, the land is technically not a "reservation" per se, as the land was not "reserved" by the federal government; it was purchased by the tribe in the 1870s and subsequently placed under federal protection. Individuals can buy, own, and sell the land, provided they are enrolled members of the Tribe of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.LocationThe Qualla Boundary is located at.The main part of the Qualla Boundary lies in eastern Swain and northern Jackson counties (just south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park). A small portion of the main trust lands extends eastward into Haywood County. The trust lands include many smaller non-contiguous sections to the southwest in Marble, Hiawassee and Hanging Dog areas of Cherokee County, North Carolina and the Snowbird community in Graham County, North Carolina. The total land area of these regions is 213.934 kmĀ² (82.6 sq mi), with a 2000 census resident population of 8,092 people.HistoryThe indigenous Cherokee, an Iroquoian people, have occupied the area for centuries, having migrated from the Great Lakes area. The Cherokee have long occupied this area, having migrated here centuries before the Europeans arrived. During their colonial expansion west, European settlers sometimes came into conflict with the Cherokee, who had territory extending into present-day Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. The Cherokee were forcibly removed from much of this area, especially the Black Belt in Georgia and Alabama, under authority of the 1830 Indian Removal Act, and were relocated to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma.
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  • Went there June 8-10th with girlfriend. It's a nice hidden spot in mountains . We went during week it wasn't busy at all and cheaper. The reservation is nice they have several small gift shops that se...  more »
  • My husband and I stayed here for our 25th wedding anniversary weekend getaway and I was not disappointed The hotel is right on the beautiful river which was so relaxing. We watched the ducks and spent...  more »
  • This was a very pretty area that was well-maintained. There were places to stay and eat, as well as a few shops. We stopped and got gas and snacks. Very friendly people. We admired the park area along...  more »