Western Carolina University and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians pledged to work together to improve educational and economic opportunities, as tribal and university leaders signed documents Friday, Oct. 21, formalizing a long-standing relationship and enhancing ongoing cultural exchange activities.
A crowd of nearly 600 people got a sneak preview of Western Carolina University's major “coming attraction” during an open house Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the new $30 million, 122,000-square-foot Fine and Performing Arts Center, an event that featured a free performance by the St. Louis Brass Quintet.
A group of Western Carolina University students spent much of the summer studying the diversity and preservation of Cherokee lands and heritage, a project that had them getting their hands dirty in an archaeological dig, conducting DNA studies of soil samples and examining microorganisms in elk droppings.
Archaeological evidence has shown that people have lived in what is now called Cullowhee Valley for thousands of years, and several Native American villages once stood on what is now the campus of Western Carolina University.
Western Carolina University's Cherokee Studies Program has launched a three-year project to create partnerships between Western and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and to increase the participation of Cherokee scholars, artists and leaders in the university's intellectual and cultural life.
A partnership between Western Carolina University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened the door this summer for two Western students with Native American roots to gain valuable experience working for the federal agency.
Students in Laura Pinnix's class at Cherokee High School demonstrated their proficiency in the Cherokee language by responding to the roll call and singing songs in Cherokee during a recent visit by Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo.