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On its 10th anniversary, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation is facing change.
It’s longtime director, Susan Jenkins, plans to retire by the end of the year. And a newly signed compact between the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and the state of North Carolina could mean the foundation’s annual coffers will now have about $7.5 million a year to reinvest in the Qualla Boundary and seven Western North Carolina counties — Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.
This is one view of what the foundation has done since it rose to prominence 10 years ago — and a signal of where it may go in the decades to come.
And for more, read our story about how, at its anniversary and with a new compact, this regional foundation prepares for change.