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Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) began its Empowering Youth and Families Program in Fall 2020. They started their first Cohort virtually Spring 2021. This was the first family cohort to participate in EYFP in the EBCI. Each family participates in a ten session program that is designed to strengthen their relationships and empower them to lead community change.

Meet Our People

Laura Walkingstick

Laura Walkingstick

Program Assistant, Empowering Youth and Families Program
  • Enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Eager to work with Empowering Youth and Families Program with NCSU and the EBCI Cooperative Extension Center
  • Received her AFA in 2005 in Studio Arts with a concentration in metalsmithing, and a BFA in 2014 in Studio Arts with a concentration in ceramics at the Institute of American Indian Arts College in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Graduated with her MA in Art Therapy & Counseling 2018 at the Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Plans to finish up and take the National Counselors Exam then work on her state licensure 
  • Mother of two grown daughters and three little dogs 
  • Also works as a doll maker and has works in collections at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and The Museum of the Southeast American Indian UNC of Pembroke
Sally Dixon

Sally Dixon

Extension Agent, 4-H Youth and Development
  • Coordinates all aspects and volunteers with the 4-H program, including a heavy emphasis on agriculture, healthy living, and Cherokee culture and language All 4-H programs with the EBCI integrate
  • Graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Science and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. 
  • Currently pursuing her doctorate at North Carolina State University studying the intersections of cultural awareness education with youth development.
  • Coordinates a 4-H Cooking Challenge that supports youth to make various healthy dishes and learn an important life skill.

Program Contact Information

EYFP PA – Laura Walkingstick

  • 876 Acquoni Road Cherokee, NC. 28719
  • (828) 359-6856
  • lawakin@ncsu.edu