EBCI purchases half acre of land in Franklin for $400,000

By Brittney Burns, The Macon County News

In April 2015, with support from the Community Foundation of WNC, Mainspring convened a group of community members from Macon County, the Town of Franklin, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians with the initial goal of working together to move past some historical conflicts around management of Nikwasi Mound in downtown Franklin.

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The Nikwasi Initiative, a collaboration including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and neighboring communities, is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving and promoting the culture and heritage of people and places on the landscape that was traditionally the Cherokee homeland.

Using engaged partnerships, Nikwasi Initiative focuses on developing cultural resources for diverse projects from the nationally significant Cultural Corridor along the Little Tennessee River, to restoration of heritage apple species, and widespread cultural collaboration.

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