To help the EBCI’s neighbors in Cherokee, Jackson, Haywood, Clay, Macon, Swain and Graham counties determine who they can call to identify and discuss collaboration opportunities for projects that may qualify for Cherokee Preservation Foundation funding, here is a directory of some EBCI tribal programs and departments. These departments and programs are included because their work has a relationship with the Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s four areas of focus: cultural preservation, economic development, creation of employment opportunities and environmental preservation. The area code for western North Carolina is 828.
Cherokee Reservation Cooperative Extension – 554-6931
The Cherokee Reservation Cooperative Extension is part of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Its primary function is to extend the educational resources of North Carolina State University and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State university to the residents of Qualla Boundary, and it provides assistance in the areas of sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth, and promoting healthy and safe families.
Cherokee Transit Services – 497-5296
Cherokee Transit Services provides residents of Qualla Boundary and other tribal lands with reasonably priced general public transportation, program transportation (e.g., transportation to and from Head Start, after-school programs and Vocational Opportunities of Cherokee) and non-emergency medical transportation services.
Cherokee Tribal Travel & Promotion – 497-5737
Cherokee Tribal Travel & Promotion provides information to prospective visitors and visitor services, and it is also responsible for advertising, promotion and special events.
Cherokee Youth Center (Boys & Girls Club) – 497-3119
The Cherokee Youth Center provides after-school programs; instruction in traditional Cherokee arts, crafts and dance; national programs from the Boys & Girls Club of America that help promote character and leadership development, and prevent behaviors that can injure young people’s health; and opportunities for members to be involved in community service projects. Membership is open to children in kindergarten through age 18.
Cultural Resources – 497-1584
Cultural Resources provides cultural resources and historic preservation services, including public education; interaction with museums, universities, other organizations and the general public; handling of requests for cultural performances, Cherokee language translation services, video productions, museum exhibits developments and research; the performance of duties in connection with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act; locating, surveying and nominating significant historic sites to the National Register of Historic Places; consulting with museums, universities and government agencies; issuing and monitoring all permits involving ground disturbance on Qualla Boundary; and providing archaeological survey expertise to tribal units and members.
Education and Training – 497-7485
This department provides education and job training to members of the EBCI.
Parks and Recreation – 497-9115
The Parks & Recreation department provides EBCI members with sports and cultural programs, including (to name just a few) football, basketball, cheerleading, bicycling, exercise and weight rooms, paintball, aerobics, senior games, karate, gospel singing, benefit dinners, senior citizen events, Indian Fair events and sports clinics.
Public Utilities and Public Services – 497-1823
Among the many services that Public Utilities/Public Services provides, sanitation services and recycling education and services are most closely associated with the Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s environmental preservation focus.
Qualla Boundary Public Library – 497-1764
The Qualla Boundary Public Library provides EBCI members with books, magazines and videos; provides genealogy research assistance to local groups, schools and visitors; assists the school system with needed resources; provides computers to EBCI members with limited access opportunities; offers a meeting area for higher education students; and offers programs for youth, Vocational Opportunities of Cherokee, and elders.
Tribal Planning Office – 497-1679
The Tribal Planning Office provides the EBCI with a planning program that will enhance the quality of life for tribal members, lead to economic development programs that will produce a viable, year-round, full-service economy for the EBCI, enhance opportunities for existing businesses, and build strong neighborhood communities.