Tennessee Apologizes to Cherokees for Trail of Tears

Jul 2, 2014

Trail of Tears marker near Tahlequah
Credit KWGS News

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have apologized to the Cherokee Nation for actions taken by President Andrew Jackson that forced up to 16,000 Cherokees off Tennessee lands 175 years ago.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution 553 at an event Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the Trail of Tears.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Jack Baker— who also serves as the National Trail of Tears Association President — attended the event, where leaders of federally recognized tribes were presented with copies of the resolution and allowed to address the audience.

Under the resolution, the Tennessee assembly acknowledged the role played by the state that led to Cherokees' homes and lands being confiscated before being rounded up and removed to Indian Territory beginning in 1838.