Cherokee Foundation Is Branching Out

Cherokee Preservation Foundation is using gaming profits to protect heritage of tribe, lift region.

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When the Cherokee Tribe first built its casino, many believed it would create a surge in tourism for its region of Western North Carolina.

But the opposite happened. Individuals visiting the casino never explored the Qualla Boundary, the Cherokee's trusted land, and tourists once interested in gaining a unusual cultural perspective stopped visiting.

Concerned with the decline in tourism and the subsequent regression of the Cherokee community, the leadership of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians worked with the state of North Carolina to create the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.

For details on how the Foundation is seeking to fulfill that mission, see:

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