Cherokee Center

Cherokee Center Log Cabin


The Western Carolina University Cherokee Center, established in 1975, is committed to serving tribal and non-tribal residents of Cherokee, NC (Qualla Boundary) and the surrounding communities. Many of these residents have received college degrees and hold leadership and professional positions both on and off the Boundary.

In today's competitive market, career advancement requires more education. Western Carolina University's Cherokee Center can help students meet this requirement while preparing them to take advantage of new opportunities that come their way.

Students can look to the Cherokee Center for assistance with the admission and financial aid process. The Center's staff can provide valuable information on educational opportunities, degree requirements, and transfer procedures, as well as guide students as they set future career goals.

Community Involvement

community involvement


The Cherokee Center runs many activities and services for the local community:

  • College fairs
  • Recruitment days
  • Application workshops
  • Educational workshops for all students
  • Community service events
  • Educational campus performances or demonstrations
  • Educational campus lectures or speakers
  • Mentoring/job shadowing activities
  • Tours of local and historical sites
  • Alumni engagement

Cherokee Center Staff

Sky Sampson


Sky Sampson
Director of the Cherokee Center

An enrolled member of the Eastern Band, Sampson earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in public relations at WCU in 2010 before going on to receive her master’s degree in human environmental sciences at the University of Alabama in 2014. She has served as program manager for the Cherokee Youth Council of the Cherokee Boys Club since May 2011. As director of the Cherokee Center, Sampson will serve as a liaison between WCU and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

cherokee center assistant


Elias Huskey
Administrative Support Associate

An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Huskey graduated from Swain County High School and is currently working towards his associates degree. He is the former chairman of the Junaluska Leadership Council and is a 2013 alumni of the Remember the Removal bike ride that travels from New Echota, GA to Tahlequah, OK. As the Administrative Support for the Cherokee Center, Huskey will work to provide excellent support to the Director and the Cherokee Center.

A Glimpse into the Past of the Cherokee Center

Cherokee Center being built

Cherokee Center built in 1975

Gentlemen smiling for the camera

Community Support spreads

EBCI Students of WCU

Local students complete WCU level classes

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