The town of Cherokee sits in the Qualla Boundary, a large tract in North Carolina that is home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee and the Cherokee Central School. Skooter McCoy was 20 years old when his wife, Michelle, gave birth to their first child, a son named Spencer. It was 1996, and McCoy was living in the tiny town of Cherokee, North Carolina, attending Western Carolina University on a football scholarship. He was the first member of his family to go to college.
McCoy’s father had ruined his body as a miner, digging tunnels underneath lakes and riverbeds, and […]