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Young Native Americans from Oklahoma and North Carolina came rolling ino the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park in Meigs County on June 2. Their quest was to travel from Tennessee to Oklahoma on the trail their ancestors were forced to travel in 1838.
Jack Baker of Oklahoma, president of the National Trail of Tears Association, led the group to the park and gave the historical background of the Trail of Tears. (Follow them on Facebook: Remember the Removal Bike Ride.)
The “Commemoration of Sincere Regret” honoring Native American Nations affected by the Indian Removal Act of 1830 will be held June 27, as set by the Tennessee General Assembly.
The event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. in the chamber of the Tennessee House of Representatives. The chamber is on the second floor of the Tennessee State Capital, 600 Charlotte Ave., Nashville.
A reception will follow in the Legislative lounge. The Native American Indian Association will serve as the ceremony host.
State Rep. Glen Casad, honorary host, said, “Nearly 200 years after the forced removal of Native Americans from their land, a new day is dawning in our great state. Join us as we come together in the spirit of restoration, honor and dignity as we acknowledge the sins of our past and step into the future united as ‘One Nation in Tennessee.’”
The event will include comments by House and Senate lawmakers, along with tribal leaders and chiefs. Native dance, music and song will be featured, also.
All interested parties are invited to join in the commemoration. Native Americans are encouraged to wear their best tribal regalia in honor of the historic occasion. For more information, contact NAIA volunteer Daphne Swilling: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 423-5880-4366.