Cherokees join efforts for historic event

Learn the history of Cherokees at Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: March 2, 2014
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The Cherokee Nation and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are partnering to host “Cherokee Days,” a public educational program that shares the story of the Cherokee.

The event is April 3-5 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

The program includes an exhibit showcasing a timeline of historical milestones, live cultural art demonstrations and cultural performances.

“Partnering with the National Museum of the American Indian is a significant opportunity to showcase Cherokee heritage and history at a national level. We will showcase our cultural artisans and historians from the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said in a news release.

“It is important for the Cherokee Nation to participate in this unique event with our Cherokee brothers and sisters. We all come from one fire and we are one people. While we were once divided, today we are unified and our respective sovereign governments are stronger than ever. A critical part of our cultural preservation is embracing and sharing our rich and storied narrative in America's history and its future.”

Historical view

Cherokees originally inhabited the lands in what are now Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. After the 1838 forced removal of 16,000 Cherokees to present-day Oklahoma, many defied the relocation and remained in North Carolina.

Cherokees forced along the Trail of Tears were led by Principal Chief John Ross. They established Tahlequah as the Cherokee Nation's capital in 1839. The Eastern Band, which resides in Cherokee, N.C., became federally recognized in 1868.

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