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Rock-A-Thon Fundraiser for National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. April 27 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Balsam Fire Department. Sponsored by the Smoky Mountain High School HOSA group, this event will have bounce houses, face painting, a silent auction, a cake auction, and hot dog meals for sale ($8 per meal) to help raise money for the group’s trip to the national competition.

NAIWA Indian Dinner Fundraiser. May 4 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the Kananesgi Pottery Festival. Info: Lucille Wolfe 736-5285


Church Events

Cherokee Revival Meeting. May 3 at 7 p.m. and May 4 at 5 p.m. at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on 568 Painttown Road in Cherokee. Speakers will be Bro. Joshua Bennett and Bro. Solomon Huffman. Info: (828) 241-5011,

Straight Fork Baptist Church Revival. May 6-10 at 7 p.m. each night. Special singing each night and Brother Steve Smith will bring the message each night.


Cultural Events

Kananesgi Pottery Festival. May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Storytelling, vendors selling pottery, and presenters on Cherokee pottery. Info: 359-5542, 359-5005, or 359-5545


General Events

Ready for the Real World? Presentations. Session 1, “Interview Like a Pro” on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Session 2, “All About Resumes” on May 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Both sessions will be held at the Birdtown Gym with panelists Tara Reed-Cooper, Doris Johnson, Trista Welch, and resume help from a certified professional resume writer. Ages 14-18 with a limit of 10. This 4-H program series is offered by Cherokee Life Recreation. 4-H enrollment forms must be filled out to attend. Info: Sally Dixon 359-6936 or

Adulting 101 sessions. “Care for Your Car” on April 29, “Easy Cooking” on May 6, “Mending and Laundry” on May 13, and “Manage your Money” on May 20. All sessions are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Birdtown Gym. Ages 14-18 with a limit of 10. 4-H enrollment forms must be filled out to attend. This 4-H Program Series is offered by Cherokee Life Recreation. Info: Sally Dixon 359-6936 or

22nd Annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival. April 27 in downtown Sylva. Heritage arts festival that celebrates the arrival of spring through both traditional and contemporary forms of Appalachian art, music, food, and beverage. Arts, crafts, food vendors, 5K race, youth talent contest, beverage arts featuring local craft breweries, live music on two stages. Applications for vendors will be accepted through March 15 and can be downloaded at: Info: Kendra Hamm at

River Music Fest “Don’t Cry Mama”. April 27 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Beetle Stage next to the Cherokee Welcome Center. Join the Christ Fellowship Church and Reconciliation Ministry for a day of reconciliation. Info: or 736-3726

Kindergarten Registration. May 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cherokee Elementary School cafeteria. Bring the following: copy of child’s birth certificate, CDIB or enrollment card, Social Security Card for non-EBCI members, current and completed immunization record, current N.C. Kindergarten Health Assessment Report (physical); and a copy of the parent/guardian’s driver’s license and a copy of guardianship or legal custody documents. Info: Cherokee Elementary 554-5020

“Needmore: A River Community in the 1920s” presentation at Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society meeting. May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center at 45 East Ridge Drive in Bryson City. David DeHart, Bill Burnett, and Wendy Myers – known collectively as the Needmore Trio – will present more on the history of Needmore elaborating on the families who brought it along, the days of the thriving village, the rise of businesses and stores, and more. Conversations and refreshments will follow the presentation which is free and open to the public.

Cherokee Youth Center Fall Open Enrollment for Kindergarten. May 8 at 7:30 a.m. at the Center. Children must be 5-years-old and enrolled in Kindergarten (no Pre-K), and the first 25 kids will be admitted. Info: 359-8113

Ellen Bird’s 80th Birthday Party. May 18 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Little Snowbird Playground. The Snowbird Complex will be the rain location. Food and cake will be provided. All other desserts are welcome. Info: Hattie 736-8089 or Lillie 479-3725

YMCA Camp Watia Open House for EBCI members. May 19 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the camp located outside of Bryson City. This will be an afternoon sampler of exciting camp programs and activities and a time to meet the staff and tour the facility. Summer Camp is for students ages 7-15 with weekly camp sessions running from June 16 to Aug. 9. Student Financial Assistance applications for the 2019 Summer Camp Program are available at the EBCI Cooperative Extension Center. The deadline to submit that application is May 24. Info: Tammy Jackson, EBCI Cooperative Extension community development assistant, 359-6934,, or visit:

Redrum Motorcycle Club Annual Dinner, Cherokee Gathering, and Run. June 7-8 at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds. Proceeds will benefit the Cherokee Cancer Foundation. $25 per bike with meal included, $15 per meal for non-riders. Run registration begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 8 with kickstands up at 12 p.m. Info: Thomas Wolfe 269-8989 or Donald Wolfe 269-6302


Health/Sports Events

Planning Committee meeting for the 2019 Rally for Recovery. April 30 at 3 p.m. at Analenisgi Recovery Center. This year’s Rally will be Thursday, July 18 at Cherokee Central Schools with the theme “Nurturing the Seeds of GWY Recovery”. Community members and anyone in recovery, working on recovery, or family members of those struggling with recovery are invited to attend. Info: Lara Conner 497-6892 ext. 7536

Fireside Circle Spring Sobriety Campout. May 9-11 at Yogi in the Smokies Campground in Cherokee. AA, NA, Al-anon speakers; talking circles; sobriety pow wow; sobriety countdown; and more. Pre-registration $45 per person (kids under 12 are free) and $50 at the gate. Registration begins Thursday, May 9 at 12 p.m. Info: Herb 506-8563 or


Upcoming Pow Wows for April 19-21

Note: This list of pow wows was compiled by One Feather staff. The One Feather does not endorse any of these dances. It is simply a listing of ones occurring throughout the continent. Please call before traveling.

36th Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. April 26-27 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. Emcees: Dennis Bowen Sr., Vince Beyl, Ruben Little Head, Jason Whitehouse (roving), Larry Yazzie (roving). Invited Drums: Young Spirit, Buc Wild, Sharp Shooter, Otter Trail, Show Time. Info:

27th Annual Ohlone “Big Time” Gathering & Pow Wow. April 26-28 at Tony Cerda Park in Pomona, Calif. MC: Coy McLemore. Host Drum: White Cloud. Info: (909) 623-7889,

Suquamish Renewal Pow Wow. April 26-28 at House of Awakened Culture in Suquamish, Wash. MC: Francis James. Host Drum: War Paint. Info: Kate Ahvakana (360) 394-8573,

30th Annual Spring Honor Dance & Pow Wow Celebration. April 26 at Minot State University Dome in Minot, N.D. Info: Annette Mennem (701) 858-3365,

26th Annual Multicultural Student Union’s Pow Wow. April 27 at Werner University Center at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore. MC: Nick Sixkiller. Host Drum: Bad Soul. Info: (503) 838-8403,

Graduation Pow Wow in Honor of Elijah “Bubba” Bender. April 27 at Watchetaker Hall Comanche Nation Complex in Lawton, Okla. Emcees: Martin Flores, CC Whitewolf. Head Southern Singer: Dayton Pewenofkit. Info: (405) 730-0945

44th Annual San Francisco State University Pow Wow. April 27 in San Francisco, Calif. MC: Val Shadowhawk. Head Southern Singer: Tommy Phillips. Info: (415) 338-1929,

Madison College Annual Spring Pow Wow. April 27 at Redsten Gym at Madison College Truax Campus in Madison, Wisc. MC: Alton Smart. Co-Host Drums: Northern Wind, Wind Eagle. Invited Drums: Tomahawk Circle, Ho-Chunk Station, Bucks, Wisconsin Dells. Info: Katie Ackley (608) 616-3487,

Support Groups

AA and NA meetings in Cherokee. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): Tuesdays at 7pm at Cherokee Indian Hospital (CIH), Saturdays at 10am at CIH conference room. Narcotics Anonymous (NA): Mondays at 8pm at CIH, Thursdays at 8pm at CIH, Fridays at 7pm at CIH conference room.

Analenisgi Recovery Center weekly schedule
Be Assertive, Not Aggressive: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Parents Supporting Parents: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Acceptance (open to community): 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Abstract Recovery: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Strong Hearts: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Life Recovery (open to community): 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
W.R.A.P. Class: 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Creative Writing: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Adulting 101: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Communication 101: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We Belong – Two Spirit (open to community): 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Peacemaking Support Circle (open to community): 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Life Recovery (open to community): 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Putting off Procrastination: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Radical Acceptance: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Healthy Boundaries: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
W.R.A.P. Class: 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Creative Recovery: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Depression and Anxiety: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
All classes are open to clients of Analenisgi. Classes open to the community are noted. Info: 497-6892

CIHA Bariatric Support Group meets every second Thursday of the month at Cherokee Indian Hospital from 12-1pm in the Soco Gap Training Room. Groups are led by registered dietitians. Info: CIHA Nutrition Dept. – Nilofer Couture 497-9163 ext. 6459, Linda Johnson ext. 6317, Chrystal Frank ext. 6806, or Jean Walborn ext. 7569

Cherokee Cancer Support Group meets the first Thursday of each month at Betty’s Place at 40 Goose Creek Road. A pot luck is held at 5:30pm, and the meeting is open to all. Betty’s Place is also open M – F 10am – 2pm and provides counseling and support services to cancer patients that may include supplies, travel, and meals. Info: 497-0788

Cherokee Alzheimer’s Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month 1 p.m. at In-Home Care Services in the Beloved Women’s & Children’s Center second floor). This group is presented by The Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter. Info: 359-6860

Community Club Meetings

Big Y Community Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Big Y Community Building.  For information on renting the building for your special occasion, call Brianna Lambert 788-3308.  The rental fee is $75 and $25 will be returned after cleaning.

Big Cove Community Club meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7pm at the Big Cove Rec. Center.  Info: Chairman Butch Hill 497-7309, Vice Chairman Joe Red Cloud 269-6130, Secretary Lavita Hill 736-3126, or Treasurer Lisa Hardesty 788-1646

Birdtown Community Club meets the last Thursday of each month at 6pm at the Birdtown Community Building.  Potluck starts at 5:30pm, meeting starts at 6pm.  Chairman: Stephan Watty, Vice Chairman: Kallup McCoy, Treasurer: Deb Slee.  Secretary: Sasha Watty.  The community building is available for rent.

Paint Town Community Club meets the last Monday of each month at 5:30pm at the new Painttown Gym.  Info: Lula Jackson 736-1511, Lois Dunston 736-3230, Abe Queen (Free Labor) 269-8110, Jennifer Jackson (building rental) 269-7702

Snowbird Community Club meets the first Tuesday of each month or the Tuesday before the Tribal Council meeting.  Info:  Roger Smoker, chairman, (828) 479-8678 or (828) 361-3278,

Wolftown Community Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at the Wolftown Community Club Building.  Info:  Tuff Jackson, chairman, 788-4088

Yellowhill Community Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6pm at the Yellowhill Activity Center unless it’s a holiday.  Info:  Bo Lossiah 508-1781, Lloyd Arneach 269-6498, Reuben Teesatuskie (building rental) 497-2043