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 Cherokees' 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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  • So much could have been done to make this a real cultural center. However it is so ticky-tack and touristy that were it not for the occasional Medicine Man and moccasin shop, it could easily be any "d...  more »
  • This is a replica of an authentic Cherokee Indian village hundreds of years ago. We had been many years ago, the Indian dances were entertaining and the guided part of the tour was good. However, ther...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the day at the village. We learned a lot about the history and life of the Cherokee of the North Carolina. The relocation of the Elk in the Smoky Mountain National Park near Cherokee...  more »

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Cherokee has no shortage of hotels, motels, and inns. Accommodations range from basic and affordable to lavish and extremely expensive. A towering casino downtown offers many rooms, but rustic cabins and cottages are more characteristic of the area. These places offer mountain views as well as fully equipped kitchens and in-room fireplaces and hot tubs. If you wish to explore the Great Smoky Mountains on your own terms, consider one of the area's campgrounds. Most are full-service, featuring both trailer and tent sites as well as hot showers, electric hookups, and on-site grocery stores.
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