I never knew there was so much to see and do in the Smoky Mountains National Park. Plus right outside the park is the Cherokee Indian Reservation! There is so much to take in and most of it is free! Free open-air museums, free tours, free junior ranger program free hikes, and more. You won't believe some fo the animals we saw just driving through.
The Qualla Boundary is territory held as a land trust for the Federally recognized Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. It is part of their historic territory in this area. The indigenous Cherokee, an Iroquoian-language people, were here for centuries before European encounter, having migrated from the Great Lakes area. The land is technically not a "reservation", in that tribal members can buy & own the land, provided they are enrolled members of the Tribe.
American Indian genealogy guide to Native American tribes, births, marriages, deaths, BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) agencies, reservations, census, church, military records, schools, annunity, allotment, treaties, and removal records from Family Search