North Carolina: Cherokee tribe limits access, discourages visitors during coronavirus crisis Joseph Martin, Carolina Public Press · March 25, 2020 at 11:51 pm The principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, whose reservation is one of the largest tourist draws in Western North Carolina, is limiting access to tribal land and is urging visitors to stay away as the tribe rides out the COVID-19 pandemic. The tribe’s land can now be accessed only at three points: U.S. 441 at Casino Trail Junction, U.S. 19 South at Birdtown and U.S. 19 North at Soco. All other access points to tribal lands, including its lands in Graham and Cherokee counties, are closed. Access is being granted only to tribal members, first generation descendants (nonenrolled Cherokee who have or had an enrolled parent), employees of essential businesses, business owners needing to access their businesses, commercial deliveries and the U.S. Postal Service.