Gold was discovered near Dahlonega, Georgia within the Cherokee lands in 1829. President Andrew Jackson wanted the Cherokee moved East. Congress passed the Indian Removal Bill in May 1830. The Cherokees appealed to the United States Supreme Court without satisfaction, the Court ruling that they had no legal right to bring suit against Georgia laws. […]
Lt Henry Timberlake met with Chief Ostenaco when he visited the Cherokee Overhill towns for three months in 1761-62. He later accompanied three Cherokee leaders to London to meet with King George III and other political figures. Below is an excerpt from his memoirs in which he describes the tribe and people. —————————– The Cherokees […]
Do you have family history that you want to share with others? Oral history contains information not found in census data, rolls, or land deeds. It’s an important way to preserve the history and culture of Cherokee people. If you’d like to share your own stories in text, audio, or video well be happy to […]
Imagine that in 100 years your descendants are trying to locate some information about you but just can’t find any. Maybe you’ve gone to a lot of trouble to stay private and don’t even give your social security number to anyone. You were born at home, evaded every census, never committed a crime, never owned […]
From the Trail of Tears to Wounded Knee, the federal government has taken action against sovereign indigenous nations that has cost countless lives. Even today as children are taken from their parents and Native people are left on barren reservations, people ask where does this government get the right to do this? The three pillars […]
Most people have heard that the Cherokee Nation was driven from their homelands in what is called the Trail of Tears. Once in the new lands (Indian Territory) the Cherokee created a new constitution for the tribe in 1839. But few know that within about sixty years of their arrival the federal government decided to […]
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