Eagle Awards, August 3. Three current members and one former TNTOTA member were winners at this year’s 16th Annual Tennessee Native American Eagle Awards, held on August 3. They are Toye Heape, our website master, Amy Kostine, Barbara Hanback, and Vicky Garland, one of our state directors.
Opening of the Heritage Center in Pulaski, TN, August 23. This has been in planning for over a year. TNTOTA state director Vicky Garland has dedicated many long hours on the center and Trail of Tears Research in the area.
CHAPTER MEETING: Sunday, September 29, 2013,
Our last meeting was on Sunday, September 29 at the Hiwassee River Heritage Center in Charleston, TN (The home of the Cherokee Agency and Ft Cass. Jack Baker Attended this meeting.
It was a short meeting with Bob Erwin presenting a brief outline and history of his home place and an encampment site. Afterward we carpooled over to the site to visit his beautiful home built in the 1826 to 1836 time frame and walked the grounds of the encampment. Refreshments were served.
NASHVILLE TRAIL OF TEARS MEMORIAL CEREMONY, October 27 Observing The 175th Anniversary Of The Trail Of Tears at the Cumberland River Greenway Amphitheatre, Nashville, Tennessee.
It was jointly sponsored by the Native History Association and the Tennessee Chapter Trail of Tears Association as we commemorated the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears on Sunday, October 27, from 12 to 1 pm CST.
Native American Indian Association Tennessee State Pow Wow
TNTOTA and the Native History Association had a booth at the NAIA Tennessee State Pow Wow on October 18-20 at Long Hunter State Park in Nashville. This year’s powwow was dedicated to remembering the 175thYear since the Trail of Tears passed by this location. Thousands of people attended this four day event.
Friends of Moccasin Bend Lecture Series
Focus for this year’s series was the 175 anniversary of the Trail of Tears. Jack Baker, President of the National Trail of Tears Association, was the series opening speaker on Monday, Sept. 30.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation spoke on Monday, October 28.
National Park Service Historian Jim Ogden and archaeologist Lawrence Alexander spoke about researching/finding the old Federal Road on Monday, November 18. All series lectures are held at the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga.
Moccasin Bend Federal Road Ribbon Cutting, Chattanooga, Saturday, October 26. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker attended the morning ceremony. Special interpretive tours of the Brown’s Ferry Federal Road were provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Blythe Ferry Memorial Wall Dedication, Sunday, October 27, 2 pm
The date for the long-anticipated dedication of the memorial wall at the Cherokee Memorial Park at Blythe Ferry finally arrived. Cherokee Nation Chief Bill John Baker attended the dedication. Our congratulations to everyone associated with the Memorial Park and especially to our immediate past TNTOTA President Shirley Lawrence for all of their hard work over many years on the Cherokee Memorial Park and the memorial wall.
October Was Native American Indian Month In Tennessee
See Gov. Bill Haslam’s proclamation at http://tnsos.net/publications/proclamations/files/327.pdf.
Trail of Tears Memorial Walk, Lawrenceburg, TN, November 2
In addition to the walk, a Civil War skirmish and living history demonstration, a dedication of a trail segment was held in the park, and concluded with a covered dish pot luck meal.