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It was a simple, but contested, proposition: The Cherokee Nation would relinquish its land in the southeast United States in exchange for $5 million and a new homeland in what is now Oklahoma. The document that sparked the Trail of Tears was steeped in fraud and bad faith by the federal government, but remains on the books. On the anniversary of its ratification, we re-look at the Treaty of New Echota and the promises the government has yet to deliver, including a Cherokee delegate to Congress.
Kimberly Teehee (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), Cherokee Nation Delegate-Designee to U.S. House of Representatives
Julie Reed (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), associate professor in history at Penn State University
Candessa Tehee (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), associate professor of Cherokee and Indigenous Studies at Northeastern State University and a Cherokee Nation councilwoman
Catherine Foreman Gray (citizen of the Cherokee Nation), Cherokee Nation history and preservation officer
Break 1 music: Cherokee Morning Song (song) Walela (artist) Walela (album)
Break 2 music: Beautiful Flower (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Kihtawasoh Wapakwani (album)
Jim Durand says
Reparation would be giving Georgia back and taking Jackson off our currency.
I’m about 1/1024 Huron as Louis Durand married a Huron woman back in Quebec in the 17th century. Is that better than Elizabeth Warren?
Wouldn’t we be better off if the French and Indians had won that war?
Kathy White says
Not just Georgia, but North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama we lived in parts of all these States.