The Cherokee Nation’s offer of financial assistance to keep the New Echota and Chief Vann House historic sites operating on nearly full time hours has been rejected by the state of Georgia.  

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Principal Chief Michell Hicks is considering a memorandum of understanding between his band and the state Georgia, but has taken no action to help fund the sites.

Earlier this year, during a joint meeting of the Eastern and North Carolina based Cherokee, a joint resolution was passed at Red Clay, Tenn., asking the Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and North Carolina governments to sufficiently fund the preservation of historic Cherokee sites.