June 6, 2015
The first day of Farmer’s Market the team sold DELICIOUS Indian Tacos , provided by Jane Heims of Amazing Grace Catering with Kathie Garrett and Haley Grizzel’s fry bread made on site.
We sold T-shirts designed by Dana Nelson. Kathie also promoted the sale of raffle tickets for the beautiful limited edition print painted and by local artist Carol Moore Demme. It was there that we were introduced to the local jewelry artist Jan McMullen of Twin Creations who offered her jewelry and 100% of sales the proceeds to the We Are Still Here cause.
The We Are Still Here committee departed to and met in Tahlequah and Tulsa, Oklahoma with the remaining three Nations confirming they too would come home.
The second We Are Still Here rally was held and more people came out in support of the project. From that rally many ideas were suggested a few materialized.
The first We Are Still Here Rally was held and many more members of the community showed and interest in helping with the project. At that point Lisa and Rachel of Brainstorm Marketing of Blairsville stepped in designed our logo and have donated innumerable hours, talent and materials to enhance our efforts to get the word out.
Renee Deibert headed up a meeting which helped us to clarify our goals and divide our duties. Renee has also taken care of many behind the scene supportive activities such as creating a video, and designing printed materials for the upcoming events.
June 13 and 14, 2015
We accepted the invitation to participate at the Scottish Festival and raised more funds and awareness selling t-shirts, raffle tickets and Jan’s Jewelry.
It was exciting to hear the multitude of family stories relating the Scottish to the Cherokee here in Union County and surrounding areas.
The Were Are Still Here -TSNAI committee met with the Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, confirming the North Carolina tribe’s interest in the upcoming event.
Time went by and planning continued but the group struggled to get the project and particularly, funding off the ground. Gradually the event began to take form and local businesses began to show their support by making monetary donations. Which was a huge vote of confidence that gave encouragement and support for the big undertaking.
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