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Trail of Tears News

A message from the Director

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The Trail of Tears represents a significant moment in the history of Native Americans.  The Trail tells the story of the Cherokee Nation and its removal from its lands East of the Mississippi to Indian Territory, which is now Oklahoma.  The Trail is the story of us.  It reminds us of where we’ve been and who we are!

The Trail of Tears:
A Story of Cherokee

The Cherokee Nation tried many different strategies to avoid removal by the United States government.

Link to Smithsonian
Lesson Plans
What Does It Mean to
Remove a People?

This online lesson helps students and teachers understand the history of Native Nations and the United States.