2014 Remember the Removal riders chosen
From left to right in the front row are Keeley Godwin, Kassidy “Tye” Carnes, Carly Copeland, Jordan McLaren and Jamekah Rios. In the back row are Elizabeth Burns, Charli Barnoskie, Jacob Chavez, Chance Rudolph and Zane Scullawi. Not pictured are Cassie Moore, Adriana Collins and Madison Taylor. The group represents the Cherokee Nation’s 2013 Remember the Removal riders. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation recently selected 13 Cherokee students to venture on the 2014 Remember the Removal bike ride. Each summer a selected group of Cherokee students ride the northern route of the Trail of Tears that their Cherokee ancestors were once forced to walk along.
“I’ve wanted to do this ride for years,” Cassie Moore, a 24-year-old student at Northeastern State University, said. “I am very excited to be selected and ready to accept the challenge that will come with it. I’m not only excited to meet new people, but help my fellow riders endure this journey that our ancestors overcame.”
The bike ride begins in late May in New Echota, Ga. It follows the northern route of the Trail of Tears and ends in Oklahoma. It is a 950-mile ride and goes through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Riders will travel for three weeks at an average of 50 to 60 miles per day. There were nearly 16,000 Cherokees forced on the voyage to Indian Territory with nearly 4,000 of them dying due to starvation, exposure and disease.
Riders visit historic landmarks and various gravesites along the Trail. They visit Blythe Ferry in Tennessee, the last piece of Cherokee homeland ancestors stood upon before beginning the walk to Indian Territory. They also visit Mantle Rock in Kentucky, which provided shelter to the ancestors while they waited for the Ohio River to thaw so they could cross and continue on.
The students selected for the 2014 ride are: Jacob Chavez, 16, of Tahlequah; Kassidy “Tye” Carnes, 16, of Tahlequah; Elizabeth Burns, 17, of Claremore; Chance Rudolph, 17, of Claremore; Madison Taylor, 17, of Claremore; Jamekah Rios, 17, of Stilwell; Zane Scullawi, 18, of Collinsville; Carly Copeland, 18, of Eucha; Jordan McLaren, 18, of Tahlequah; Keeley Godwin, 21, of Welling; Adriana Collins, 21, of Claremore; Charli Barnoskie, 24, of Tahlequah; and Moore, of Tahlequah.
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᏭᎬ ᏗᎾᏑᏱᏒ ᏦᎦᏚ ᏯᏂ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎠᏁᎦ ᎾᎿ 2014 ᎠᏅᏓᏗᏍᏗ ᏥᏕᎩᎧᎲᏒᎢ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎩ. ᎪᎩ ᏂᏕᎦᎵᏍᏔᏂᏒ ᏓᎾᏑᏱᏍᎪ ᎤᎾᏓᏢᎦ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏁᏅᏍᏗ ᎤᎾ.ᎩᏒ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᎾᏠᏱᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎾᎿᏍᎩ ᏂᏓᎦᏓᎴᏅ ᎨᏒ ᏗᎨᏥᏱᎳᏫᏛᎮ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏎ ᎠᎳᏗ.
“ᎠᏆᏚᎢᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏯᏆᏛᏗ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎬᏩᏓᎴᏅᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Cassie Moore, ᏔᎵᏍᎪ ᏅᎩ ᎢᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎤᏴᏢ ᎧᎸᎬ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗᎢ. “ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎦ ᎬᏆᏑᏱᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗ ᏗᏆᏓᏂᎸᏍᏗ ᏧᏯᏪᏍᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ. Ꮭ ᏙᎯᏳ ᎦᎵᎡᎵᎬ ᎤᏩᏌ ᎾᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏄᎾᏓᎴ ᎦᏥᏲᎵᎩ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗᎢ, ᏃᎴᏍᏊ ᎦᏥᏍᏕᎸᏗ ᎣᎦᎵᎪ ᎣᏤᎦ ᎯᎠ ᎦᏅᏅ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏒ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏗᎬᎾ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎴᏒᎢ.”
ᎯᎠ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏗᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᏛᎾᏂᎩᏌ ᎣᏂᎯᎨᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏍᎬᏱ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏤ ᎢᏦᏗ, Ga. ᎠᏍᏓᏩᏕᎩ ᎤᏴᏢ ᎦᏅᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᎾᏠᏱᎸ ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏢ ᎾᎿ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. ᎾᏍᎩ 950- ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᏙᏛᎾᎩᎸᏔᏂ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᎠᎴ ᏫᏛᏂᎶᏏ ᏛᏂᎦᏛᎴᏏ ᏣᏥᏱ, ᏔᎾᏏ, ᎬᏅᏓᎩ,ᎢᎵᏃᏱ, ᏨᎫᎵ, ᏚᏯᏓᏛᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ.
ᎠᏁᎦ ᏛᎾᏂᎩᏌ ᎾᎿ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎠᎴ ᏑᏓᎵᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏏᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ. ᎾᎠᏂᎩᏍᏗᏃ 16,000 ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᏥᏱᎳᏫᏛᎮᎢ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏎ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎤᏂᎲ ᎨᏥᏁᎸ ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏊ 4,000 ᏯᏂ ᏚᏂᏲᎱᏎ ᎠᎾᎢᏒ ᎠᎪᏂ ᏂᏗᎦᎵᏍᏙᏗᏍᎨ, ᎤᏴᏢ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎠᎴ ᎥᏳᎩ.
ᎠᏁᎦ ᎠᏁᏙᎰ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎤᎵᏍᎨᏓ ᎠᎴ ᏚᎾᏓᏂᏌᏅᎢ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏒᎢ ᎦᏅᏅᎢ. ᎤᏁᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ Blythe Ferry ᎾᎿ ᏔᎾᏏ, ᎾᎿᏃ ᎣᏂ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏚᏁᏅᏒ ᎤᏂᎪᎮ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᎴᏅᏁ Ꮟ ᏄᎾᏂᎩᏓᏊ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎬᏥᏁᎸ ᎦᏙᎢ. ᎠᎴᏗᏍᏆ ᎤᏁᏙᎴ Mantle Rock ᎾᎿ ᎬᏅᏓᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎣᏂ ᎬᏩᏂᏴᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏣᏪᏐᎸᏍᏙᏗ ᎨᏎ ᎠᏂᎦᏘᏱ ᎣᎭᏲ ᎤᏔᎾ ᎤᏴᏴᎢ ᎤᏁᏍᏓᎸ ᎤᏩᎾᏬᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᏐᎯᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏭᎾᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᎡᎳᏗ.
ᏗᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎩ ᎨᎦᏑᏱᏓ ᎾᎿ 2014 ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ: Jacob Chavez, 16 ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ; Kassidy “Tye” Carnes, 16 ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ; Elizabeth Burns, 17, ᎦᎴᎼ ᎡᎯ; Chance Rudolph, 17, ᎦᎴᎼ ᎡᎯ; Madison Taylor, 17, ᎦᎴᎼ ᎡᎯ; JamekahRios, 17, ᏍᏗᎵᏪᎵ ᎡᎯ; Zane Scullawi, 18, of ᏧᎾᏯᏢᏗ ᎡᎯ; Carly Copeland, 18, ᎤᏥ ᎡᎯ; Jordan McLaren, 18, ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ; Keeley Godwin, 21, ᏪᎵᏂ ᎡᎯ; Adriana Collins, 21, ᎦᎴᎼ ᎡᎯ; Charli Barnoskie,24, ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ; ᎠᎴ Moore, ᏓᎵᏆ ᎡᎯ.