|Riders from Remember the Removal|
It is a grueling journey on a bike, but the struggles on the ride offer greater understanding of what our ancestors experienced along the Trail 180 years ago. An estimated 16,000 Cherokees were forced to make the journey on the Trail of Tears to Indian Territory, and more than 4,000 died from exposure, starvation and disease.
Remember the Removal ensures our future leaders don't forget the past and always honor the sacrifices our ancestors made. Our riders serve as ambassadors along the road in the towns they ride through. Since this program was started in the mid-1980s, every participant has dug deep to find untapped reservoirs of strength and perseverance.
They ride every day and with every mile, they learn more about the Cherokee experience in America and the true history of our people. We are here today, as the largest tribal government in the country, because of that fortitude.
NOT A SINGLE MENTION of the SLAVES the CHEROKEE dragged with them as PROPERTY, who ALSO DIED from exposure, starvation and disease! WHY? Don't they count?
READ about those DESCENDANTS HERE and learn about the STRUGGLE of the CHEROKEE FREEDMEN