Native Village Youth and Education News
October, 2009



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CHEROKEE, North Carolina — Lincoln Memorial University and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. The Memorandum was prepared  in both English and Cherokee. LMU officials travelled to Cherokee, N.C., for the signing.

LMU and the Eastern Cherokee are working to create a closer relationship, improve educational and economic opportunities for tribal members, and to provide cultural exchanges between the two groups.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee is a sovereign, federally recognized Native American Tribe. It has it's own tribal government,  is a distinct legal and political entity, and has its own powers of self-government and self-determination.

 LMU was founded in 1897 as a living memorial to the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Located in the Cumberland Gap. LMU  is located on former traditional Cherokee land.

“LMU’s mission is to provide quality educational opportunities to the people of our region,” said Dr. Sherilyn Emberton. “The EBCI truly are the first people of our region, and it is exciting to think of the educational and clinical partnerships that we will be able to offer to both EBCI members and LMU students.”

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