ᎢᏓᏅᏓᏗᏍᎨᏍᏗ ᏗᎨᏥᏱᎸᏍᏔᏅᎢ Trail of Tears Bike Tour


Applications for 2015
Open September 15, 2014 
Close October 31, 2014

Support the Ride: Click here to purchase a "Remember The Removal" T-shirt!

The Trail of Tears of the Cherokees took place over the winter months of 1838 through 1839. An estimated 16,000 Cherokees were forced at gunpoint to remove themselves and their families from their homes, farms and communities. After being held in federal stockades until deep winter, they were subsequently herded on overland and water routes that moved through territories that represent the present-day states of Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas. More than four thousand Cherokees died along the various routes from the harsh conditions of the crossing.  Ride organizers of Remember the Removal hope to promote awareness of these significant events as riders re-visit the areas where the journey took place. Other goals of the Remember the Removal bike ride are to help educate Cherokee students about their tribe’s history and the difficulties associated with the Trail of Tears, and to promote the achievements of the modern Cherokee Nation to those along the route.

Program Description:

Remember the Removal is an annual bicycle ride commemorating the forced removal of the Cherokee Nation from its homelands during the winter of 1838-39. This tour allows Cherokee people the opportunity to travel along the Trail of Tears where their ancestors traveled. The Cherokee Nation sponsors a team of Cherokee Citizens living in Cherokee Nation and will meet up with a team representing the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians near New Echota, Ga. Along the way, the group will explore and experience activities that link the riders to the experiences their Cherokee ancestors had at the time of the removal. The ride will culminate with an exciting homecoming event as the team arrives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capitol of the Cherokee Nation.

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Joseph Erb, Project Coordinator at 918-453-5198