By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
An historic meeting is being scheduled for Cherokee in July. The first-ever meeting of the tribal councils of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes – Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, and the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, will take place in the Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center on Friday, July 13 at 9am.
“The July 2012 Tri-Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation and the United Keetoowah Band will be the first time in modern-day history that the three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes will be uniting for a Council meeting,” said Rosie McCoy, Tribal Operations Program manager, who is head of the event’s planning committee. “I am excited to be a part of this event and helping to make it a success.”
The idea for the meeting came from Res. No. 444 (2010), submitted by Big Cove Rep. Perry Shell and Birdtown Rep. Tunney Crowe, with the purpose of creating “a more unified voice dedicated to promoting and advancing tribal sovereignty.”
The theme of the event is “Completing the Circle of Fire”, and an art contest is underway to find a logo for the event. The deadline for the contest is Friday, April 13 at 4:30pm, and all entries must be delivered to the TOP Office or mailed to Rosie R. McCoy, Tribal Operations Program, P.O. Box 455, Cherokee, NC 28719, by that date.
For more information on the meeting or the art contest, contact Rosie McCoy 497-7021 or email@example.com. Look for further details in future issues of the One Feather.