Trail of Tears

The Cherokee Trail of Tears is a devastating part of our history, where we see yet another case of oppression.

Starting in 1831, Native Americans were forced by the government to leave their lands and move outside the United States, into what we now know as Oklahoma. And this was all thanks to President Andrew Jackson, who went against the Supreme Court, and enforced the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Leaving forty-six thousand Native Americans devastated and homeless.

 Some of sixteen thousand Cherokees, traveled the two-thousand-mile distance, through rough and unknow territory. Four thousand of them died due to weather, deceases, and hunger.

The Trail of Tears is one of the most horrendous acts in our nation’s history. The Cherokee called it Nunna daul Tsung (Trail where They Cried), that’s where we got the name Cherokee Trail of Tears. Words can’t express the pain these people went through day after day. Watching as everyone they love suffers and dies.

Our nation has a tenancy to repeat itself. We never seem to learn form the pain we caused. Over and over, we continue to make the same mistakes, and it is destroying our people and our nation. I know there is nothing I can do to change the past, but I can do my part to prevent it in the future.

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