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COMMENTARY: Traditional plant gathering, growing is good for the entire community

Since time immemorial, Cherokee people have harvested traditional plants, such as sochan and ramps, from the beautiful mountains in western North Carolina. Over time, laws have prevented tribal members from harvesting these healthy plants.


Officials: Jackson Co. inmate passes away

SYLVA, NC (FOX Carolina) - An inmate who was held in the Jackson County Detention Center passed away Wednesday. According to jail officials, 49-year-old Melissa Middleton Rice was found unresponsive in her cell and transported to a hospital for treatment. Detention staff provided medical attention w


Tribal member joins Phoenix Honda Racing Team

Isaac Teasdale, a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from the Snowbird Community, will be racing motocross for the Phoenix Honda Racing Team. The team is based in the Charlotte area, and Teasdale will be competing at the highest levels of the sport in the Kicker Arenacross series, the 25


North Carolina Congressman George Holding Proposes Term Limits Amendment

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SBI investigates complaint against Maggie Valley police officer

MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. (WLOS) — The SBI is investigating a use-of-force complaint against a Maggie Valley police officer. Authorities said the incident occurred Jan. 2 when officer Jeff Mackey was arresting Richard Arlt for DWI.


Crowe files protest on Election Ordinance

A new election ordinance (Ord. No. 408) was passed during a special session of Tribal Council on Dec. 19, 2018. That legislation addressed numerous issues including recounts, referendums, protests and voter irregularities, and more.


The One Feather welcomes cartoonist Jake Swimmer

Jake Swimmer is a Native American cartoonist and graphic designer and enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. His comics are motivated by the observational humor and opinions derived from the Qualla Boundary and Indian Country. Swimmer’s art and drawings have been displayed in vario


Man convicted of sex crimes against children in Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A Jackson County man has been convicted of two counts of Taking Indecent Liberties with a Child. Rogelio Torres Rivera was sentenced to a minimum of 16 months in prison, with a maximum sentence of 29 months, for each count. Rivera is also required to register as a sexua


Sevier County makes progress in housing dilemma

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. — In reports since the deadly wildfires, 10News spoke to Sevier County leaders about the affordable housing need deficit. A county-commissioned study showed a need for 1,500 to 2,000 affordable units. Now, in 2019, crews are breaking ground on many projects that will bring the c


Despite the cold and rain Tuesday, January eighth the Jackets traveled to Swain County high school to face off against the Maroon Devils.

The Lady Jackets were fighting for the third place ranking in the conference as they had yet to face the Devils yet this year. The Lady Jackets got off to a slow start offensively as the game remained scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. Foster led be Lady Jackets with four points and t


Polar vortex to bring freezing blast of air to North Carolina

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The polar vortex. It's kind of the winter buzzword. People hear it and think "that sounds bad!" It's always been there, but in recent years we hear about it, probably because it makes a cool hashtag. #polarvortex But what is it?


EDITORIAL: Time to retool the rules

Our law is frequently adjusted. Every two years a new set of government representatives adds, deletes, and amends our laws. That is their job, their responsibility. Because of the size and scope of the Cherokee Code, it is difficult to create new law without impacting other areas of the Code. Either


The Government Shutdown Is Hitting Home In North Carolina

How is the partial government shutdown affecting North Carolinians? The federal impasse is in its fourth week with no end in sight. President Donald Trump demands funding for a wall along the southern border of the United States and says the shutdown could last months or even years.


38-year-old N.C. man sentenced to prison for sex crimes committed against children younger than 10

Franklin, NC (FOX Carolina) - Prosecutors with the 43rd District announced on Wednesday that a 38-year-old man has been sentenced after taking indecent liberties with children.


First time eating at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort was a dream

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. — One great thing about coming to Pigeon Forge is that we always find something different to do or see each time. Tuesday it was our first time to eat at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort.


SBI investigates threats against Swain County sheriff, deputies

SWAIN COUNTY, N.C. (WLOS) — A state investigation is underway into alleged threats against the Swain County sheriff and other law enforcement officers. Sheriff Curtis Cochran asked the SBI to look into Gerald Laschober. A search warrant indicated deputies got a tip that Laschober had plans to blow u


Tribal Court Docket for Jan. 11

This is a criminal docket date for the Cherokee Tribal Court. All of the defendants listed have only been charged with the crimes/offenses listed and should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


Sylva teen overcomes obstacles, completes 5K

Catamount School eighth-grader Jaylyn Logan wasn’t supposed to be able to walk, but now she has a medal on her bedroom wall for completing a 5K fun run. Logan, 13, and seven teammates participated in the Heart & Sole program, part of Girls on the Run, in a wing of Smoky Mountain High School, where t


One person transported to hospital after fire breaks out at apartment complex in Waynesville

Waynesville, NC (FOX Carolina) - Wednesday morning, Haywood County dispatch says the Waynesville Fire Department was called to a fire at Suyeta Park Apartments. Dispatch says the call to the apartments, located on Suyeta Park Drive, happened around 4 a.m.


Mitchell finishes 3rd at Osley B. Saunooke Tournament

CHEROKEE – Mitchell brought home four individual tournament champions, and a third- and fourth-place finish Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Osley B. Saunooke Tournament in Cherokee.