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Journals - Cherokee Trail of Tears
Arab Spring Videoconference 
The Virtual School at Vanderbilt University has a great series called Things We Need to Know. CITVC participated in one of these programs titled Cherokee Trail of Tears. Tonia Weavel, Education Director of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma was the guest speaker. Ms. Weavel is an expert in the history of the Cherokee Nation and she provided the students with excellent primary sources to explain this tragic event in Cherokee history.
The territory in the Land of the Cherokees once covered eight states, but the Cherokees were forced to relocate to Oklahoma (then called Indian Territory) to make room for white settlers.  The "Trail of Tears" was the forced removal (by the United States government) of the Cherokee Nation from its ancestral homeland in parts of North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama to land set aside for American Indians in what is now the state of Oklahoma. Cherokee call this trail “Nunna-da-ul-tsun-yi”, meaning "The Place Where They Cried."  The Cherokees journey by water and land was over a thousand miles long and during this journey over 4,000 Cherokees died of disease and starvation along the way.
Arab Spring Videoconference 
Tragically, the story is also one of conflict within the Cherokee Nation as it struggled to hold on to its land and its culture in the face of overwhelming force." -Vanderbilt Virtual School lesson plan
We researched the following sites in preparation: 

1. Poem 'The Never Ending Trail'
2. The Cherokee Heritage Center
3. Library of Congress, Primary Documents in History: The Indian Removal Act of 1830
4. Legend of the Cherokee Rose flower
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