Poarch Creek Indians

Tribe buys Holiday Inn Express
News Staff Report Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority, the economic development division of Poarch Band of Creek Indians, announced last week the recent purchase of Atmore’s 80-room Holiday Inn Express, located off Alabama 21 at Interstate 65. “The Holiday Inn Express brand has a long standing reputation (for) their standard of excellence for customer service and guest experience,” said Stephanie A. Bryan, Tribal Chair and CEO of the Poarch Band…
Fayard is Miss Indian Alabama
By DON FLETCHER News Staff Writer Emily Fayard, a first-generation Poarch Band of Creek Indians descendant, was recently selected by a panel of judges from the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission and Alabama Intertribal Council as Miss Indian Alabama 2019. The young beauty, chosen from among numerous entries by members of state or federally recognized Native American tribes in Alabama, is the daughter of Bryan and Candice Fayard of Flomaton. “We…
CIE names new CEO
Special to Atmore News Creek Indian Enterprises Development Authority (CIEDA) has announced the appointment of Cody Williamson as the new President/CEO. Before moving into the President/CEO position, Williamson served as a member of the CIEDA board of directors for three years in addition to holding high ranking positions with Wind Creek Hospitality. Most recently he held the position of Vice- President of Regulatory Compliance and before that he was the…
Festival showcases culture and history
Poarch Band of Creek Indians hosted its sixth annual Southeastern Indian Festival, showcasing Native American culture and history, April 4-6, at the PowWow grounds. Several hours on each of the three-day event were reserved for students with time for the public on two of the days. Shown, Pia Gorme, far left, joins in a traditional Native American dance. News photo by Ditto Gorme
Perdido E/M students enjoy educational day at Poarch
By GERRI MCDONALD Special to Atmore News Students in second grade through eighth grade from Perdido Elementary/Middle School enjoyed their day at Poarch Friday, April 6, learning about the culture of our Native Americans. One of the favorite events was listening to a Cherokee “storyteller” from Oklahoma, who shared the legend of the five friends who ultimately formed the Big Dipper and our Pine Trees. The lesson of the story was…