Eastern and Eastern
Band of Cherokee of North Carolina
The statistics and condition of the Indians given in the present bulletin, as
provided in the census law of March 1, 1889, show the status of the Eastern Band
of Cherokees of North Carolina, with incidental mention of the Eastern
Cherokees. These Indians are taxed, have developed into good citizens of the
United States, and vote in North Carolina. They are almost entirely
self-supporting, receiving only a small allowance from the United States for
educational purposes. A few mechanics are found among them, but their chief
occupations are farming, lumbering, and day labor. They are a moral,
law-abiding, and industrious people, and the censuses from 1850 to 1890 show
them to be increasing. The band, which has been incorporated by the general
assembly of North Carolina as The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, occupies the
tract known as the Qualla boundary. The other Eastern Cherokees mentioned reside
in the states of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, and are citizens of the United
States and of the states named.
The bulletin was prepared by Mr. Thomas Donaldson, expert special agent of the
Census Office, and the report on the condition of these Indians was made under
his direction by General Henry B. Carrington, United States army (retired),
special agent for the collection of statistics of the Eastern Band of Cherokees.
Notes About the Book:
Source: Indians, Eastern Band of Cherokees of North Carolina, by Thomas
Donaldson, 1892, 11th Census of the United States, Robert P. Porter,
Superintendent, US Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
Online Publication: The manuscript was scanned and
then ocr'd. Minimal editing has been done, and readers can and should expect
some errors in the textual output.