Born & raised in East Tn. with the stories of a full blooded Cherokee great grandmother; Rachel Newberry; whom married a scots-irishman named John Long. They’ve lived in North Carolina, Tellico Plains, Tn.,Fannin Co. Ga.& Maryville, Tn. (where she died in 1949 @ age 86). I just want to be a member of The Eastern Band of Cherokee, as i should of been at birth. I feel as if i was robbed not being a member already. I shouldn’t have to fight/pay/prove to be a member of my own race!!