Land Acquisitions
Eastern Cherokees rescind decision to take land for new casino

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina has rescinded a decision to seize 205 acres for a potential gaming facility, a move that gives a family another chance to determine the status of the land.

The late Gladys Wright, who was a tribal member, owned the land. She willed it to her children in the form of a life estate because they aren't enrolled.

The tribal council voted to seize the land because the will allegedly didn't comply with tribal law. But the decision was rescinded yesterday so that Elizabeth Poscich, Wright's daughter, can make her case in tribal court.

"I am very happy they agreed to hear the protest," Poscich told The Cherokee Scout. "I feel the court will uphold my mother's will."

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