Thursday, November 18, 2021

Don't Forget!!

 Don't forget about tomorrow's Boarding School Remembrance wreath laying ceremony at the old boarding school silo. It's at 12:30 and everyone is invited! S'gi!

Refurbished silo from the Cherokee Training School 
that opened in 1880.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Boarding School Remembrance

 Please join the Gadugi Scholars this Friday at 12:30 for a wreath laying ceremony at the old Cherokee Training School/boarding school silo (by the transportation building) in memory of the victims of boarding schools as well as in honor of the survivors. The ceremony will last about half an hour and is open to all. S'gi!

Gadugi scholars at 2013 ceremony

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Happy Veterans Day from the Gadugi Partnership

Happy Veterans Day!

Russell D. Norris, of the Big Cove community on the Qualla Boundary, 

World War Two US Navy veteran.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Shout Out

 Shout out to Gadugi scholar Elijah Watty for being named WNCC co-player of the game in last Friday's big win against Swain! Elijah had 12 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. This is his second such honor this season. He's also a star student! Great job, Elijah! #GoBraves

Monday, November 1, 2021

Celebrating Sequoyah with Mr. James Standingdeer

 Please join the Gadugi Partnership as we celebrate American Indian Heritage/History Month with the final event in our Celebrating Sequoyah speaker series with Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians linguist Mr. James Standingdeer. Mr. Standingdeer will be speaking about the fight to preserve the Cherokee language as well as the role language plays in the maintenance and promotion of culture. RSVP link is below

or see our event page at

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Our Second Celebrating Sequoyah Event

 If you were unable to join us on Monday for our second Celebrating Sequoyah event, the link below is to the Gadugi Youtube page and the presentation is there. Mr. Catcuce Tiger was inspiring and brilliant, and you'll enjoy his words and thoughts! Please join us November 10th for our final speaker, Mr. James Standingdeer. S'gi!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Join Us on Indigenous Peoples Day!

 Shiyo! Please join us next Monday as we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by continuing with our Celebrating Sequoyah speaker series. Our speaker will be Mr. Catcuce Tiger, Cherokee language teacher at Cherokee High School on the Qualla Boundary. Below is the link to register for this exciting event! S'gi

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Day of Remembrance

 Thursday is a Day of Remembrance for the Indigenous victims and survivors of boarding schools in the US and Canada. People are asked to wear orange to remember those Native children who were taken. Many of them never came home, and many of those who did came back with scars that lasted a lifetime. Join us and wear orange that day! It's both easy and meaningful! S'gi

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Last Week's Event

 If you were unable to attend last week's Celebrating Sequoyah event you can now watch on the Gadugi Youtube page! It was a terrific talk and discussion. We hope you can join us on October 11th--Indigenous People's Day--for our second event. It's at 7 pm on zoom. S'gi!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Celebrating Sequoyah

 Shiyo! The Gadugi Partnership is excited to announce this semester's programming to recognize and honor the bicentennial of Sequoyah's syllabary and all it has meant and means to the Cherokee people. We have three amazing speakers coming as well as several films (which will be announced later)! Please make plans to attend if you will not regret hearing these wonderful folks share their time and their gifts. S'gi!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Louis Sockalexis and the Cleveland Indians

 Since last week's announcement that the Cleveland Major League Baseball team would be changing their team name to the Guardians, there has been a lot of (usually ill informed) discussion about the link between the Penobscot citizen Louis Sockalexis and the team's "Indians" moniker. Sockalexis broke baseball's color barrier long before Jackie Robinson, when he played for the Cleveland Spiders. Still, the story that he is the inspiration behind the name "Indians" is, as history usually is, much more convoluted and contradictory than it might appear. This article  does the best job I've seen of taking a deep dive into the truth. 

Louis Sockalexis of the Cleveland Spiders

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Happy Father's Day

 Happy Father's Day from the Gadugi Partnership! God bless all the dads out there in Indian Country and beyond!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Happy Pride Month from the Gadugi Partnership!


A Terrific Accomplishment

 Congratulations to Gadugi scholars Caedance Smith and Dali Crowe, who this afternoon presented the resolution they researched and wrote in the Cherokee Culture and Leadership class to Tribal Council. The resolution began as their service learning project, and today it became Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians policy! Caedance (left) and Dali are pictured here with (from left) EBCI Vice Chief Alan Ensley, and Tribal Council representatives Bo Crowe and Albert Rose. This journey began for the students in February, and they worked tirelessly on this effort. Very proud of and for them! #Gadugi

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

The Blue Light Initiative

 This morning students in the Gadugi Partnership's Cherokee Culture and Leadership class presented their service learning project to Tribal Council member Bo Crowe. The project, called The Blue Light Initiative, is looking to place a specialized blue light bulb in public spaces throughout Cherokee. These lights make it more difficult for drug users to shoot up in public spaces. The students wanted to do something to address the meth crisis within the community. The students will now work on model legislation for tribal council on the issue. They have worked so incredibly hard on this and did a phenomenal job today!! S'gi to Mr. Crowe for making time for these incredible young leaders!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

On This Date...

 Today is an important anniversary for Indian Country. On this date, May 12, 1879, the United States Supreme Court--for the very first time--recognized a Native American, Ponca Chief Standing Bear, as a person. A human. That's 387 years AFTER contact. 90 years AFTER the US Constitution. 16 years AFTER emancipation. Nine years AFTER ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment.