Opening Day Fishing Tournament CANCELLED

 Tribal Leadership, in line with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order No. 117 “Prohibiting Mass Gatherings and Directing the Statewide Closure of K-12 Publics Schools to Limit the Spread of COVID-19,” is taking precautionary steps and has recommended the cancellation of public gatherings in Cherokee in an effort to keep residents and visitors safe during this public health emergency.  Cancellations will remain in effect through the end of March 2020.

This decision to cancel includes the upcoming Opening Day Fishing Tournament Scheduled for March 28-29, 2020.  We understand that effects your travel plans made for the grand opening day.  Please know that our staff are working diligently on providing solutions for those who have already paid tournament registration fees for the Opening Day Fishing Tournament and will keep you posted as decisions are made.

We sincerely thank you for your understanding and patience while we work through this crisis.

-Fish Cherokee Staff

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RIGHT OF WAY: Roads Need to Overhaul to Decrease Collisions

In October 2018, EBCI Fisheries & Wildlife staff participated in a “Wildlife Crossing Workshop and Peer Exchange” with other area partners in Maggie Valley. An article that arose from that workshop was published in Smokies Life, the magazine of the Great Smoky Mountains Association, in April 2019.

A PDF copy of the article is available for download HERE.



The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Water Quality Office would like to thank the public for their input in finalizing the EBCI Water Quality Standards.  A copy is available to view and download HERE.

Questions about EBCI Water Quality Standards should be directed to the Water Quality Section Supervisor, Michael Bolt by phone at (828) 359-6772 or email


Cherokee leaders want permission to gather a traditional plant in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They say sochan feeds their bodies and is rooted in their heritage.  For thousands of years, Cherokee people gathered the kale-like plant that’s full of vitamins and minerals. It is normally against the rules to remove plants from national parks, but recent modifications to regulations could allow the to tribe to gather sochan for traditional reasons.  “This is something that is an investment for our future, and, hopefully, with preserving our culture and accessing these landscapes that we once belonged to,” said Tommy Cabe, a Cherokee Forest resources specialist. Read More

EPA and Cherokee Making a Visible Difference Story Map

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Making a Visible Difference (MVD) in Communities initiative coordinates technical assistance and other resources to support communities as they pursue environmental improvements that enhance economic opportunity and quality of life.  Click here to view the Cherokee Story Map.

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