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WNC Honors given to EBCI communities

WNC Honors given to EBCI communities

The culmination of this year’s program occurred via Zoom on Thursday, Dec. 2 with over 100 community leaders and volunteers from 13 western North Carolina Counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Eight EBCI community centers were honored with cash awards and recognition, and seven won Best in Class awards.

Tsali Day celebration planned at Kituwah

Tsali Day celebration planned at Kituwah

Each year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians recognizes the Friday after Thanksgiving as a tribal holiday known as Tsali Day.  This year, a group of tribal members are organizing an event honoring Tsali Day and acknowledging the importance that the Tribe recently achieved federal trust land status for Kituwah – the Mother Town of the Cherokee. 

Frank Blythe and Francene Blythe-Lewis — father and daughter executive directors complete a circle during Vision Maker Media’s 45th Anniversary

Frank Blythe and Francene Blythe-Lewis — father and daughter executive directors complete a circle during Vision Maker Media’s 45th Anniversary

The year was 1972. A group of 45 public television stations, primarily from the western United States, were brought together with the help of a Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) grant for a three-day meeting at historic Wingspread, the Lloyd Wright House at the Johnson Foundation in Racine, Wisconsin. Frank Blythe (Eastern Cherokee/Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota) was one of the participants. He was one of just six Native attendees who were working in public television at the time.

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