EBCI Remember the Removal riders prepare for Oklahoma trip

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/17/2014 08:45 AM
CHEROKEE, N.C. – Six Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians citizens will cycle the 950-mile route of the Trail of Tears this summer.

Their preparation includes not only physical training and planning but also learning about the history of the forced removal.

This year’s bicycle riders are Russell Bigmeat, Ty Bushyhead, Boyd, Kelsey, Standingdeer Owle, Katie Sneed, Richie Sneed and Pat Watkins. Tara McCoy is coordinating the preparation, and the riders are being sponsored by the EBCI. They will ride an average of 50 miles per day on the three-week trip in June.

The cyclists just completed three history workshops at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. The museum is an interpretive site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

The first workshop described the history and cultural background of the Cherokees leading to the removal. The workshop emphasized the efforts of the Cherokee Nation to stay, including the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper and its anti-removal editorials; speaking tours by young educated Cherokee men throughout the northeast; lobbyists and petitions in the U.S. Congress; and taking their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that the Cherokees were a sovereign nation in 1832, the basis for sovereignty today.

The second workshop looked at the routes of removal and at the specific locations the riders will be traveling through.

The third workshop examined the history of the EBCI specifically at the time of forced removal in 1838 and how people struggled and succeeded in their efforts to remain on their ancestral homeland. A petition from the citizens of Aquohee, the district that included the Cherokee area at the time of removal, said: “The bones of our fathers lie here in security, and we cannot consent to abandon them to be crushed beneath the feet of strangers.”

The cyclists participated in the workshops on Saturday mornings before beginning their training rides.

Barbara R. Duncan, education director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, taught the workshops. Duncan and the museum have provided these workshops for the Trail of Tears riders for several years. For more information on the Trail of Tears National Long Distance Trail, go to www.nps.gov/trte.
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ᏣᎳᎩ, N.C. – ᏑᏓᎵ ᏯᏂᎢ ᏣᎳᎩᏱ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᏁᎯ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎠᏁᎳ ᎾᎿ ᏗᎾᏂᎩᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏗ ᏧᎾᎩᎸᏗ ᏐᏁᎳᏧᏈ ᎯᎦᏍᎪᎯ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎨᏥᏱᎳᏫᏛᎲ ᎤᏂᎶᏒ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᎾᏠᏱᎸ ᎠᏃᏎᎰ ᎾᎿ ᏛᏂᎶᏏ ᎯᎠ ᎪᎦ.

ᎯᎠ ᎠᎾᏛᏅᎢᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ Ꮭ Ꮩ ᎤᏅᏌ ᏓᎾᏓᏟᏂᎪᎯᏍᏗᏍᎬ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩᏂ ᎠᎾᏕᎶᏆᎢ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎨᏥᏱᎳᏫᏛᎲᎢ.

ᎯᎠ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏓ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏗ ᏧᎾᎩᎸᏗ ᎯᎠ ᎢᎦ Russell Bigmeat, Ty Bushyhead, Boyd Kelsey, Standingdeer Owle, Katie Sneed, Richie Sneed, and Pat Watkins. Tara McCoy ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎦᏓ ᏓᏛᏅᎢᏍᏓᏁᎯ, ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ EBCI. ᏛᎾᏂᎩᏌ ᎯᎦᏍᎪ ᎢᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎤᏙᏓᏆᏗ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᎾᏙᏓᏆᏍᏗ ᏛᎾᏂᎩᏏ ᏕᎭᎷᏱ ᎧᎸᎢ.

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏘ ᏧᎾᎩᎸᏓ ᎩᎳ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏓ ᏦᎢ ᎢᏳᏩᎪᏗ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᎦ ᏂᏧᎵᏍᏔᏅᏍᏔᏅ ᎤᏪᏘ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ᎤᏃᏢᏒ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆ. ᎯᎠᏃ ᎤᏃᏢᏒ ᎤᏂᏞᎾᎥ ᎪᏪᎵ ᏗᎪᎵᏱᏗ ᏕᎦᏅ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᎾᏠᏱᎸ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎤᎾᏂᎩᏒᎢ.

ᎢᎬᏱ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎠᏎᎯᎭ ᏄᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏧᎾᏛᏁᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᏫᏗᏥᎧᎲᏒ ᎢᏍᏗ.

ᎯᎠ ᏚᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥ ᎧᏃᎮᎯ ᏂᎦᎥ ᏚᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏳᎵᏍᏙᏗ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏣᎳᎩ ᏧᎴᎯᏌᏅᎢ ᎠᎴ Ꮭ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏳᏱᎸ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏕᎨᏥᎧᎲᏒ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ, ᏣᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏍᎪ ᎤᏂᎦᏙᎲᏒ ᎠᏂᏍᎦᏯ ᎠᏂᏃᎮᏢᏍᎩ ᎤᏴᏢᎧᎸᎬᎢ ᎢᏗᏢ; ᎠᏂᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᎠᎴ ᏗᎪᏪᎳ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ U.S Congress; ᎠᎴ ᏩᎦᎸᎳᏗᏴ ᏧᎾᏓᏱᎵᏓᏍᏗ ᏭᏟᎶᎯᏍᏗ, ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᎶᎯᏍᏔᏅ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎤᏅᏌ ᎤᏂᎲ ᏧᏄᎪᏔᏂᏓᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ 1832 ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᏄᏍᏛ ᎢᎩᎲ ᎪᎯ ᎢᎦ.

ᏔᎵᏁ ᏚᎾᏕᏲᏅ ᏚᎾᎦᏎᏍᏔᏅ ᎢᏗᏢ ᏚᎾᏂᎩᏒ ᎨᏥᏱᎳᏫᏛᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᎿ ᎠᏁᎦ ᏛᏂᎶᏏᏒᎢ.

ᏦᎢᏁ ᏙᏛᎾᏕᏲᏂᏒ ᎤᎾᎦᏎᏍᏙᏗ ᏅᎵᏍᏔᏂᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ EBCI ᎨᏒ ᎾᏍᏳ ᏥᎨᏎ ᏥᏗᎨᏥᏱᎳᏫᏛᎮᎢ ᎾᎿ 1838 ᎤᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏂᎩᏟᏲᏨ ᎠᏎᏃ ᎤᏂᎦᏛᎴᏒ ᎤᏦᏎᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏓᏁᎯᏃ ᏚᏁᏅᏒᎢ ᏃᏊ. ᎪᏪᎳᏅ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎧᏃᎮᏍᎩ ᎢᏳᏍᏗ ᎤᎾᏚᎵᏍᎬ .ᏓᏳᏂᎩᏓ ᎠᏂᎳ Aquohee, ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᏠᏯᏍᏕ ᎾᎿ ᏣᎳᎩ ᎨᏒ ᎾᎯᏳ ᏥᏕᎨᏥᎧᎲᏍᎬᎢ, ᎠᏛᏅᎢ: ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᎪᎳ ᏦᎩᏙᏓ ᎠᎭᏂ ᏕᏥᏯ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏚᏛᎾ, ᎠᎴ ᏝᏃ ᎦᏲᎩᏁᏍᏗ ᏱᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏫᏙᎩᏲᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ ᏂᏙᏦᎵᎬᎾ ᎠᏂᏴᏫ ᏧᎾᎳᏍᏓᎡᏗᎢ.”

ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏔᎵ ᏗᎦᏆᏗ ᏗᎾᎩᎸᏗᏍᎩ ᏚᏁᏙᎸ ᎾᎿ ᏓᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᎬ ᏙᏓᏈᏕᎾ ᏌᎾᎴᎢ Ꮟ ᎾᎾᎴᏂᏍᎬᎾ ᎠᎾᎵᏏᎾᎲᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ.

Barbara R.Duncan, ᏗᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᎾᎿ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ, ᏚᏕᏲᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎤᎾᏕᎶᏆᎥᎢ.

Duncan ᎠᎴ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏔᏅᎲᏍᏗᎢ ᎤᎵᏍᎪᎸᏔᏅ ᎯᎠ ᏓᎾᏕᏲᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎿ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᏅᏠᏱᎸ ᎠᎾᏂᎩᏍᎩ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᎾᏕᏘᏯ ᎬᏩᎾᎴᏅᏓ. ᎤᎪᏛ ᎠᏕᎶᎰᎯᏍᏗ ᏲᏚᎵ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎯᎠ ᎤᎬᏩᏟ ᎦᏅᏅ ᏚᎾᏠᏱᎸ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ Long Distance, go www.nps.gov/trte.

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