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Until the early part of the 20th century, the Eastern Band of Cherokee lived in isolation in the remote mountains of North Carolina, having little interest in the affairs of the United States or the world. To incorporate them into modern events, the Indian Office and Bureau of Indian Affairs used World War I as an excuse to modernize the tribe. Members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee entered into American service for the war through conscription in which some members agreed to participate and some did it under protest. Through their involvement in the war, members became more familiar with the modern world and brought that knowledge back to the tribe.