The Indian Removal Act of 1830 called for the voluntary or forcible removal of all Indians from the eastern United States of Oklahoma. May of 1838 marked the deadline for voluntary native removal where many of them agreed to move, however, many of them refused. So, the military was prepared to use force and did so under the command of General Winfield Scott. Scott ordered the removal and round up of over 17,000 Cherokees who refused to leave and therefore began the ‘Trail of Tears’, which is one of the darkest episodes between the U.S. and the Native Americans.
Therefore, the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association Incorporated has spent the last 13 years honoring this event with a motorcycle ride from Tennessee to Oklahoma. The group of riders are expected to stop in Corinth around 9 a.m. on Sept. 22, and should be around 175 to 250 motorcycles on this leg of the trail that will travel down U.S highway 72 to Okmulgee, OK.
In addition to raising awareness, the ride also raises funds for scholarships for Native American students, according to Jim Dunn, President of the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association.
“The Trail of Tears Remembrance Association raises funds for these scholarships through the sale of official merchandise and donations from sponsors,” Dunn said. “We would like for all he public to come out along the route to show their support to the riders as they pass through your community.”
Riders come from all over the United States and include Native American riders who represent several tribal nations.
(For more information regarding the ride, log on to www.trailoftears-remembrance.org or call Dunn at 1-877-868-8747.)