‘Remember The Removal’ mentor rider applications open

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/02/2017 04:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
“Remember the Removal” participant Ellic Miller leads riders up a hill near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, during training for the 2017 ride. Behind Miller are Brian Barlow, center, and Skylar Vann. Applications for mentor riders will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 12. WILL CHAVEZ/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation citizens wishing to cycle the 2018 “Remember The Removal” Project Bike Ride as a mentor rider can apply through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Applications are at http://remembertheremoval.cherokee.org/ParticipationApplication.aspx.

Applicants are asked to read the entire introduction to the “Remember The Removal” Project Bike Ride to see if they qualify before completing the application.

All mentor rider applicants must be Cherokee Nation citizens, 35 years old or older as of Jan. 1 prior to the event, must not have participated as a “Remember the Removal” mentor rider before and must commit to riding the entire three-week trek in June.

If selected, participants will not only be required to participate in a rigorous physical training schedule, they will also be required to attend language and history classes to learn more about the Trail of Tears. The history and language classes will be taught during the four months of training.

Applicants are also asked to submit photographs of themselves with the applications, as well as the application forms’ ID numbers with the photos when they email the applications to RTR@cherokee.org.

The nearly 1,000-mile ride teaches young CN citizens ages 16-24 years more about their culture and history as they cycle the same route their ancestors were forced to walk in 1838-39 to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. The route travels through seven states, testing the cyclists’ physical and mental endurance.

The selection committee, whose members will not be related to any applicant, will review submitted applications for many factors. The committee will look for CN citizens willing to learn more about Cherokee history and their ancestry related to the Trail of Tears. Successful applicants will be expected to interact with the public and speak to the public about their experiences on the ride. Cyclists also will be photographed, videoed and interviewed during the trip. So the committee will be looking for riders who are personable, well-spoken and would make great CN ambassadors.

It is recommended that participants reside inside the tribe’s jurisdiction or its contiguous counties. Participants may have different temporary addresses while away at school. If participants live outside the jurisdiction they are still required to make all the mandatory weekend trainings and language and history classes in Tahlequah.

For more information, call Dr. Gloria Sly at 918-453-5154 or email gloria-sly@cherokee.org.

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