CNB’s Garrett to join 'Removal' riders during first week
CATOOSA – Having been an avid cyclist for 20 years, Cherokee Nation Businesses Executive Vice President Chuck Garrett is expected to join the 2018 “Remember the Removal” riders on the first week of the 950-mile journey tracing the Trail of Tears’ Northern Route from New Echota, Georgia, to Oklahoma.
Garrett said he rides about 150 miles per week and hopes to learn more about Cherokee history while with the cyclists.
“I’m really fascinated by Cherokee history, and the opportunity to learn more about Cherokee people’s experience on the trail, that was the primary goal, but also to have an opportunity to get to know the young people and build some relationships with them and have an opportunity to do some mentoring and also to learn from the young people,” he said.
He said in addition to learning the history and mentoring, the ride is a “reminder” for wellness among Cherokee people.
“I also think it is a reminder of the importance of wellness in the Cherokee Nation and making sure that our citizenship puts a priority on wellness, especially in light of all the investment we’ve done in health care clinics and the health care services for the Cherokee people. It’s important that we emphasize and highlight the importance of exercise in our daily lives,” Garret said.
Cherokee Nation cyclists will join the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ cyclists and begin the ride from New Echota on June 3. The trip is expected to take approximately three weeks.
The riders will cycle through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.