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Cherokee, Eastern Band - North Carolina (U.S.)

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[Cherokee, Eastern Band - North Carolina flag] image by Donald Healy, 27 December 2007

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The Band

[Cherokee, Eastern Band - North Carolina map]
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Cherokee, Eastern Band - North Carolina

The Eastern Band of Cherokee lives along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. With a population over 7,000, the Eastern Band of Cherokee is the largest federally recognized Native American Tribe in the eastern United States. They use the same seal as their Oklahoma cousins [see Cherokee - Oklahoma] with minor artistic modifications, which include the name (in black capitals) SEAL OF THE EASTERN BAND OF THE CHEROKEE NATION on the orange band (see below). This is the sole instance where two bands of the same Tribe employ the identical symbol, though separated by hundreds of miles and governed by different executive and legislative branches. It unifies the Cherokee people symbolically, if not geographically.

  Donald Healy 2008

The Flag

The flag places the tribal seal on a yellow background. While the Cherokee in Oklahoma use a central star with each point divided half-orange, half-yellow, the Eastern Band uses a solid yellow star with a double edging of black outlines. The star and wreath lie on a light blue circle, rather than gray, with an orange band around it.

[Thanks to NAVA member Glenn Nolan for a copy of the flag.]

Donald Healy 2008
information provided by Peter Orenski, 27 December 2007