Eastern Band of Cherokee 📍 Cherokee, NC near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park ✍️ NC’s only federally recognized tribe + is governed within the US as a sovereign nation with 14,000+ members. In the 1800s, approximately 16,000 Cherokees were forcibly relocated to Oklahoma.
Haliwa-Saponi 📍 Halifax and Warren counties near Rocky Mount ✍️ Recognized in NC since 1965 + currently has ~3,800 members, with 80% living within a six-mile radius of the town of Hollister.
Lumbee 📍 Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland, and Scotland counties ✍️ With 55,000+ members — NC’s largest recognized tribe and the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River. Currently seeking federal designations through the Lumbee Recognition Act, which was introduced to Congress in 2019 by Rep. G.K. Butterfield.
Meherrin 📍 Hertford County near the Albemarle Sound ✍️ Closely related to the Iroquois Confederacy, tribe members — numbering ~900 — refer to themselves as “people of the water.” The tribe was officially recognized by the state of NC in 1986.
Occaneechi Band of the SaponiNation 📍 Alamance County ~40 minutes from downtown Durham ✍️ Recognized by NC in 2002 + purchased 25 acres of tribal grounds near Burlington in 2004. The tribe currently has around 1,100 members and is working to revive cultural traditions among the population.
Sappony 📍 Person County along the Virginia state line ✍️ Recognized by NC in 1911 and VA in 1913 + the only NC tribe whose ancestral lands cross the boundary with another state. At last count, the tribe had approximately 850 members.
Waccamaw Siouan 📍 Columbus and Bladen counties ~45 minutes from Wilmington ✍️ Also known as “the people of the falling star,” the tribe’s homeland is situated along the edge of the Green Swamp. Officially recognized by NC in 1971 + currently has approximately 2,600 members.
And, be sure to read our piece on Joara and Fort San Juan(a.k.a. both the site of a thriving Indigenous village + the oldest inland European settlement in North America).
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Closing ○ WakuWaku(674 Merrimon Ave.), which specializes in Japanese traditional + comfort food, is closing on Oct. 25. The owners are planning to start a new to-go business, though no details have been released yet. 🍲 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Civic ○ As of last week, about 300 absentee ballots have been set aside in Buncombe County because of deficiencies like missing witness information. The county has also already processed three times more absentee ballots than during the entire 2016 election season. Election officials are waiting to hear a decision on how to handle deficiencies. Options include having voters cast an entirely new ballot or allowing them to provide missing info to complete their original ballot. 🗳 (BPR News) ○ Blue Ridge Fire and Rescue in Flat Rock is expanding and adding living quarters to one of its stations. The expansion will allow the department to respond more efficiently to emergencies in Flat Rock and the greater Blue Ridge Fire Rescue Protection District. The addition will also allow the department to keep the station staffed full-time. 🚒 (WLOS)
Coronavirus ○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Sunday afternoon, 3,565 cases and 92 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County. ○ A growing number of NC residents are filing for bankruptcy due to economic fallout from COVID-19. Over 3,000 people filed for bankruptcy between April and September. While that number is less than prior to the pandemic, officials worry that an uptick could come after federal relief ends. Early analysis suggests that Black residents have filed at higher rates than white residents. (Asheville Citizen-Times) ○ Planning for a pandemic began early in NC. NC’s Department of Health and Human Services began tracking the virus in late Dec. or early Jan. Gov. Roy Cooper started the state’s Coronavirus Task Force in Feb, and NC announced its first confirmed case on March 3. As of Oct. 5, DHHS employees have logged 117,759 hours of overtime responding to the pandemic. 🦠 (Carolina Public Press)
DYK ○ Our area is home toabout 40 native orchid species. Chances are you’ve seen one – the rattlesnake plantain orchid – on hiking trails this summer + fall. This plant is one of our most common orchids and is prized for its intricate leaf patterns. Two species you’ll find are the downy and creeping rattlesnake plantains, both of which bloom at higher elevations from summer into early fall. 🌸 (Asheville Citizen-Times)
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Cause ○ Blood Drive Salvation Army| Mon., Oct. 12 | 1-6 p.m. | The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Buncombe County, 750 Haywood Rd.| Free | Donors will receive a $20 VISA card. Reserve appointment time here. 💉 ○ Pumpkin Patch for Consider Haiti | Mon., Oct. 12 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave.| Free | Buy the perfect pumpkins and support Consider Haiti’s biggest annual fundraiser in one fell swoop. 🎃
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