From Smoky Mountain News
From clothing to art to clan names, deer are everywhere in Cherokee culture. But for the past couple of centuries, they’ve been virtually absent from Cherokee land — until now. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is in the initial stages of an effort to reintroduce an important environmental and cultural resource to Western North Carolina.
Late last month, EBCI Fisheries and Wildlife Management released 28 young deer to roam tribal lands, the first in a series of releases planned over three years.