The Tragic Truth of The Trail of Tears

Nov 8, 2015 at 6:27 pm |

Some of the darkest days in our history...

The United States has never treated Native Americans fairly or tolerably. In light of the injustices happening in North Dakota right now with the Standing Rock Tribe, it’s quite terrifying to see the parallels of abuse that happened during the Trail of Tears.

In 1830, Congress passed the Indian Removal Act and for the following 20 years, the Native American tribes of the Southeast were forcibly evicted from their homes and herded to settlements west of the Mississippi River. Members of the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, Creek, Seminole and Cherokee tribes were forced to trek through the elements and battled disease and starvation, with thousands dying mid-journey. Learn more about one of the worst times in U.S. History.


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Some of the darkest days in our history…

Learn more about The Trail of Tears in our slideshow...