Region Focus

Summer 2005

Making it on the Reservation

The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians shares the economic problems that afflict tribes nationwide and the beleaguered rural communities of western North Carolina
By Charles Gerena

East vs. West

The Cherokee in North Carolina and Oklahoma have followed different economic paths since the Removal Act of 1830 tore the tribe apart. Tourism is a major industry for those living in North Carolina, while in Oklahoma manufacturing and retail trade dominate in the 14-county area within the jurisdiction of the Cherokee Nation.

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SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

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