Supporting The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Supporting The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

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Trail segment along the Northern Route at Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwestern Arkansas. The wayside exhibits overlooking the Arkansas River at Fort Smith National Historic Site, located on the Water Route in western Arkansas, depict in 5 individual panels the removal stories of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole Nations. The award-winning Trail of Tears exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, OK, includes a tactile "bead wall," with each bead representing one removed Cherokee, totaling 16,000 beads. Also, life-cast figures depict the travel along the Trail of Tears.

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ARTOTA will dedicate a Trail of Tears interpretive panel Saturday, September 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the historic Washington County community of Evansville. Todd Enlow, director of leadership services for the Cherokee Nation, will offer remarks. The ceremony will take place at the Evansville Volunteer Fire Department (20943 Highway 59). Members of the Cherokee Nation Youth Choir will perform, as will Native American flute player Tommy Wildcat.
A Trail of Tears interpretive panel will be dedicated Saturday, September 17, at 1:30 p.m. at Maynard Pioneer Park in Maynard.

Join us at beautiful
Lake Dardanelle State Park Saturday, September 17 for the ARTOTA annual meeting. The Western Cherokee settled near here in the late 1700s, and established towns, plantations, and the Dwight Mission School. Almost 50 years later, the Trail of Tears brought all five tribes through here by water or land. The park is an NPS-certified site on the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, one of the few locations where stories of all five tribes can be told.


9-10 a.m.  Business meeting

John McLarty, president
Arkansas Chapter, Trail of Tears Association

"Ten on the Trail" interpretive panel update
Carolyn Kent, board of directors
Arkansas Chapter, Trail of Tears Association

10-11 a.m.  The Decision at Dardanelle
Sarah Keating, assistant superintendent
Lake Dardanelle State Park

11 am - Noon. The Chickasaw Nation: Adaptations Before and After Removal
Kirk Perry, administrator
Division of Policies & Standards, The Chickasaw Nation
Noon. Unveiling of a new interpretive panel for the Arkansas River Visitor Center
Native American flute presentation by William Worden

12:30 p.m. Adjourn


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