Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Eastearn Band of Cherokee Indians is committed to the preservation of agriculture and the environment and has its own Fish & Wildlife services. The services the EBCI provides include a cooperative extension that aims to use research in economics, the environment, and quality of life.
- Their natural resources department works to protect and enhance Tribal natural resources in the Cherokee community. The renewable energy department uses solar power to source power for their casino and the fish & wildlife department is establishing an economic development plan to assess food supply locally and regionally (EBCI: 2019).
- A lot of the food supply comes from livestock farms which actually hard the environment including waterways and water supply to many residents near the farm.
- In Oklahoma there is a Cherokee Coordinating Council that is doing research on Poultry Growth since residents are concerned about how the newly emerging poultry houses will pollute their land and water. The council has partnered with the Fish & Wildlife service to enforce permits for poultry houses and investigate how expansion will affect the environment (Bark: 2018).
- Fish & Wildlife. Eastern Band of Cherokee. US Government . https://ebci.com/services/departments/department-of-agricultural-natural-resources/fish-wildlife/, accessed November 10, 2019.
- Bark, Lindsey. 2018. Tribal Council Supports Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth. Cherokee Phoenix. https://www.cherokeephoenix.org/Article/index/62701, accessed November 10, 2019.