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Cherokee tribe limits access, discourages visitors during coronavirus crisis


March 26, 2020

The normally packed parking lot is empty outside Harrah's Cherokee Casino Valley River in Murphy. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians' two casinos closed March 18 for at least two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Joseph Martin / Carolina Public Press

The principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, whose reservation is one of the largest tourist draws in Western North Carolina, is limiting access to tribal land and is urging visitors to stay away as the tribe rides out the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 NC newsThe tribe's land can now be accessed only at three points: U.S. 441 at Casino Trail Junction, U.S. 19 South at Birdtown and U.S. 19 North at Soco. All other access points to tribal lands, including its lands in Graham and Cherokee counties, are closed.


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