Q: How long is the Remember the Removal Ride bike tour?
A: The ride is approximately three weeks long and covers about 950 miles.
Q: How are applicants selected?
A: Applicants apply online and then the applications are reviewed for completeness; candidates are interviewed; and factors including but not limited to physical health, mental ability, history knowledge, personal goals and accomplishments are considered.
Q: It has been a long time since I have ridden a bike; should I even apply?
A: Yes, apply! Regular bicycle trainings are held that prepare participants for this journey. Although this is a tour on a bike, we are focused more on the educational teachings and the knowledge you will gain.
Q: I'm not a fast rider, will I be able to keep up?
A: Yes! As we always say, this is not a race. However, we encourage our cyclists to remain riding as a group whenever possible.
Q: As a parent I am concerned for my child’s safety; what precautionary efforts will be taken to ensure cyclists will be safe?
A: We understand your concerns and the safety of our cyclists are our number one priority. A Cherokee Nation Marshal accompanies us for the duration of the trip, as well as a licensed EMT.
Q: Will I be able to have visitors while on the tour?
A: We welcome friends and family to visit, however we require that the cyclists stay with the group at all times.
Q: Will I be disqualified if I miss a training ride?
A: A limited number of absences are allowed.
Q: What is my out-of-pocket cost to participate in Remember the Removal?
A: The Cherokee Nation will cover all costs of lodging, meals and bike supplies (bike, kit, bike repairs). If you want to buy souvenirs, shopping, personal snacks, etc., along the way, you will need to bring enough spending cash to cover those items.
Q: What happens if I need to go home while the ride is underway?
A: A Cherokee Nation chaperon will drive you to Tahlequah, Oklahoma, or if your parents/guardians (for cyclists under 18) sign a waiver, other travel arrangement may be allowed if it is available.
Q: How many miles will we ride each day?
A: We try to have an equal amount of miles for each day; however it is not uncommon for one day to ride 35 miles and the following day to ride 70.
Q: What if I don’t want to ride my bike some days, will I be sent home?
A: Unless a medical condition is present, you are expected to ride your bike during each day of the ride. If you fail to do so, you may be removed from the ride.
Q: What is expected of me while on the bike ride tour?
A: We expect you to follow all Remember the Removal rules and be respectful to others. We ask everyone to keep a journal to turn in upon our return to Tahlequah, Okla. You will be asked to participate in presentations along the way, as various groups and organizations will ask us to visit. You will be an ambassador representing the Cherokee Nation and we expect you to act accordingly.
Q: Will I have access to my phone?
A: You are welcome to bring your cell phone, just keep in mind that Cherokee Nation staff will not be responsible for any lost property. Also keep in mind that at times you will not have cell phone service.
Q: Why should I participate in the Remember the Removal Ride?
A: There are a hundred different reasons to participate in this tour. It is a leadership program that encourages our youth to learn more about our Cherokee history and culture. It will motivate personal growth and challenge your mental and physical abilities. This is much more than a “bike ride”; it teaches you more about yourself and your capabilities. We do this each year to remember and honor our ancestors.
Q: How many cyclists will be participating in the 2017 Remember the Removal Project?
A: Ten cyclists will be selected from Cherokee Nation and a similar number from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Q: I live outside the Cherokee Nation's Tribal Jurisdiction Area; can I still apply?
A: Yes. The requirement to attend trainings every Saturday and Sunday from January through May is the only limiting factor.