Dig Adds to Cherokee "Trail of Tears" History





Archaeologists working in the rugged mountains of southwestern North Carolina are adding new details to the story of a tragedy that took place more than 160 years ago. The scientists are uncovering the remains of farms and homes belonging to the Cherokee Indians before they were forced to abandon their property and move to Oklahoma.

About 16,000 Cherokee and hundreds of other Native Americans were forced out of North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama in the late 1830s. The event came to be known among the Cherokee as the Trail of Tears.

Brett Riggs, an archaeologist with the University of North Carolina's Research Laboratories of Archaeology, is leading the excavations. He said the relocation of the Indians was a form of ethnic cleansing.



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Vernon Clayson - 2/5/2006

Bland is your name and so is your comment. Tao, schmao, believe what you want but explain your argument.
You must be the first moron who has used that "poor" crap when speaking of colonial relations with the natives in this country. Where did you ever come up with that idea, did they even know they were "poor" and under what stupid standard did you use to decide this, today's standards?


John W Bland - 1/30/2006

Hey—my comment got clipped!

I was already saddened by the movie EDUCATION of LITTLE TREE . . . now this. I am an agnostic follower of the TAO, based on experience and education in religion(S.) But I gotta say "May God forgive us." I am not unaware that "It has happened here—often." It's staring up again on Americ'a poor. And it's practicing on Muslims and other inconvenient independent thinkers. Again "God forgive us help us save ourselves from the devil in drag Christians."


John W Bland - 1/30/2006

Hey—my comment got clipped!

I was already saddened by the movie EDUCATION of LITTLE TREE . . . now this. I am an agnostic follower of the TAO, based on experience and education in religion(S.) But I gotta say "May God forgive us." I am not unaware that "It has happened here—often." It's staring up again on Americ'a poor. And it's practicing on Muslioms and other inconvenient independent thinkers. Again "God forgive us help us save ourselves from the devil in drag Christians."


John W Bland - 1/30/2006

Hey . . . I'm still sad from viewing the movie The Education of Little Tree. Now I'm dew eyed again. But I guess it's for the best somehow. Tho I'm an agnostic I gotta say "May God forgive us."


Vernon Clayson - 1/25/2006

It is likely that my comment will be the only one on this topic. In the two years I've been reading these articles I've yet to see any concern for what happened or is happening to Native Americans. There were some comments on Ward Churchill, the Colorado professor who claimed to be be Indian but isn't, apparently it's better to be a pretend Indian than a real one. If those moved were Black there would be heart-rending condemnation.

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