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Old 06-02-2006, 12:32 PM
 
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Question Cherokee Indian Reservation

My husband is native american and has several friends on the res. in Swain County and he wants us to move there. Can anyone tell me what it's like there and what actually living there would be like? I'm originally from Houston, Texas and I've never even seen an Indian Res. before, much less lived on one. Is it cheap or expensive, nice or really poor and rundown? I really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-02-2006, 01:50 PM
 
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My husband is native american and has several friends on the res. in Swain County and he wants us to move there.
Check these links
http://www.cherokee-nc.com/
http://www.thepeoplespaths.net/Chereast/yestoday.htm

Cherokee itself seems to rely heavily on tourism; there are several hotels, restaurants, tourist tat places ... and a Harrah's casino. However there has been a push to revive the Indian heritage of the area with museums and education.

One definite note: you would be living in a gorgeous part of the country. We make a ride through there every few years. The scenery is some of the prettiest in the country, IMO.
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Old 06-02-2006, 06:16 PM
 
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Its a beautiful place and they must be doing good there ,some friends I have spend lots at the casino. And If I take my girlfriend and her kids through there I usually go through some spending money. I dunno what life would be like there but I would say good.
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Old 06-02-2006, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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My husband and I were in Cherokee once briefly 11 years ago. I don't remember much more there than mountains (of course), tons of trees, a few houses and the museum and touristy stuff. There didn't seem to be much there at all. Very backwoods/country/rural. (I mean that in a positive way.) Asheville and Gatlinburg, TN are the closest "big" cities to Cherokee. Though Gatlinburg is also very touristy. It's nice at Christmas time though.

I'm afraid I can't help you with the reservation information.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:21 PM
 
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Life in Cherokee, NC is nothing like living in Houston. I am from the NC area and currently live in Austin TX. Life in the mountains is alot different from what we are currently use to but I really appreciate the fact that I was raised in those beautiful mountains. The summers are not as hot as Texas and during the winter you will most likely get snowed in for a day or so. There is Harrah's casino on the edge of town and downtown Cherokee has alot of tourist shops. If you take Hwy 64 towards Murphy NC you will have to go thru the "gorge" where you can go white water rafting on the Natahala. You can also take a Sunday drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and if you like real curvy roads you can drive Deal's Gap - it has 318 curves in 11 miles of road. A friend and I "Slew the Dragon" on a motorcycle a few years ago and at the end of the drive there was a novelty shop where I bought the t-shirt... Anyway, if you do decide to move I hope you enjoy the people, the area & the beautiful scenery.
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Old 11-08-2006, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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My husband is native american and has several friends on the res. in Swain County and he wants us to move there. Can anyone tell me what it's like there and what actually living there would be like? I'm originally from Houston, Texas and I've never even seen an Indian Res. before, much less lived on one. Is it cheap or expensive, nice or really poor and rundown? I really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.
The Cherokee Nation is situated in some of the most beautiful countryside in this entire USA. From what I have observed over the years, the tribe is well organized, has good leadership and is very proud of their heritage. I have not been to the reservation, but the surrounding area is not downtrodden or poverty stricken, which I would think bodes well for how people live in general in Swain County. Why don't you and your husband make a visit and get a feel for the place?
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Old 02-23-2007, 01:06 AM
 
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I have visited Cherokee, NC a few times.. I would go with my Grandmother or her friends. It truely is beautiful Country there. I live in East Tennessee so its not that far from here. Its not very built up, but very peaceful.My suggestion would be is to ask your husband to take you there to visit a few times to see if you could get use to the life there before you agree to move there perminatly.Ive not visited a reservation although i would like to one day. My great grandmother was Cherokee Indian...Im here trying to find out more about the culture, people, and all i can basicly about past and present.
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:04 AM
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone, but to buy a house on the Cherokee Reservation, I think you have to be a registered member of the tribe, correct?
At least that's what I always heard.
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:47 AM
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone, but to buy a house on the Cherokee Reservation, I think you have to be a registered member of the tribe, correct?
At least that's what I always heard.
That is what I've always heard, too. There are apartments that you can rent. I believe. And lots of places just off the Qualla Boundary to buy.
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:00 AM
 
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It is so beautiful in western N.C. But parts of Cherokee seem kind of dirty to me, there is a lot of clutter, but that would not keep me from moving there or anywhere in N.C. We were in Cherokee in Jan, not many people there since it was winter and that was great. I live in Houston and HATE it. I say go for it!
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