Support us

DonateNow Clean Water for North Carolina is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Upcoming Events

Feb. 9, 8:30 AM — Moral March & HKonJ People’s Assembly! Join CWFNC and over a hundred other social and EJ organizations to march on Raleigh for justice! More info, click HERE!

March 14-16 — Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training in Atlanta! This Climate Reality Project training will focus on creating a road map to climate justice. Visit HERE for more info. Transportation assistance may be available for community participants.

Ongoing — Help Robie and Dwayne Goins fight the ACP! Consider donating to the Goins’ legal battle against the ACP in their town of Prospect, NC. For more info, visit their GoFundMe

Take action

Swain County

Back to Community News

Cherokee Bands and Public Stop Duke Energy Substation at Kituwah!

Summer, 2010

Duke Energy’s recent attempt to construct a power substationi n the view of the Cherokee people’s most sacred site mobilized hundreds of the concerned public, Cherokee Bands, and elected officials in western NC. Construction on the project was stopped in April thanks to widespread resistance! A mound marks the 9,000-year-old ancestral home site of the Cherokee at Kituwah, in the valley of the Tuckasegee River.

Two years ago, Duke purchased property on a hill visible from the mound intending to build a forty-foot-tall metal substation, which the company says is necessary to prevent regional blackouts. Both the Eastern and United Keetoowah Bands of Cherokee Indians passed resolutions opposing the project, calling Kituwah “the most important site for the origination and continuation of Cherokee culture, heritage, history and identity” and resolving to protect it from “degradation by human agency”. Meanwhile, hundreds of citizens complained to the NC Utilities Commission; newspapers covered the story statewide; groups rented nearby billboards to “Stop Duke Energy,” and the group “Citizens to Protect Kituwah Valley and Swain County” filed an official compliant. In March, the Swain County Board of Commissioners put a 90 day moratorium on construction. Duke now says it is getting close to finalizing an alternative site for the substation.

Congratulations to all whose actions led to victory for environmental and cultural justice!