TRAIL OF TEARS NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL
Long time we travel on way to new land. People feel bad when they leave old nation. Women cry and make sad wails. Children cry and many men cry, and all look sad like when friends die, but they say nothing and just put heads down and keep on go towards West. Many days pass and people die very much. We bury close by Trail.
— Lt. L.B. Webster
This catastrophic journey, one of the darker events in American history, not only affected the Cherokee, but has symbolized the removal of the other Southeastern and Eastern Indian tribes. The grim result of U.S. Government American Indian Removal Policy, the forced relocations devastated American Indian cultures.
In 1993, under the auspices of the Secretary of the Interior and the Trail of Tears Advisory Council, the Trail of Tears Association was created and incorporated in Missouri as a non-profit organization. The corporation papers were signed by the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation and the Principal Chief, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The Association has entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service to promote and engage in the protection and preservation of Trail of Tears National Historic Trail resources; to promote awareness of the Trail's legacy, including the effects of the U.S. Government's Indian Removal Policy on the Cherokees and other tribes; and to perpetuate the management and development techniques that are consistent with the National Park Service's trail plan.
North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association is dedicated
to document all routes and sites associated with the Trail of Tears in
North Carolina and to work with the National Park Service to include the
story of the Cherokee homeland in the Trail of Tears National Historic
FACTS ABOUT THE TRAIL OF TEARS PROGRAM
• The Trail of Tears became a part of the National Trails System in 1987.
• The Comprehensive Management and Use Plan was approved by the National Park Service in June, 1992.
For more information:
• The Trail of Tears Association, incorporated in 1993, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax deductible, as allowed by law. Additional information about the Association, the Trail, and other chapters is available from:
of Tears Association
• An array of membership opportunities and services are available, including periodic newsletters and discounts at various Cherokee historical and cultural attractions in Cherokee, NC, and Tahlequah, OK. Additional benefits will be added, as made available.
• Members of the Association may also join a state chapter that addresses the more specific issues in each state, such as membership development, chapter organization and other efforts that assist the Association and the National Park Service in achieving their goals and objectives.
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