Cherokee

Jordan and Jamekah are two young people on the ride.
Remember the Removal Bike Ride

Cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have joined a dozen members of the Cherokee Nation from Oklahoma. The group will ride their bicycles 950 miles over three weeks, tracing the route of the Trail of Tears.

In 1838 and 1839, the Cherokee Nation was required to give up all lands east of the Mississippi River. The requirement was a part of President Andrew Jackson's plans to remove the Indians. 

More than 15,000 Cherokees were forced to march from their homeland across nine states to Oklahoma. The journey came to be known as the "Trail of Tears."

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NCSU

New research from North Carolina State University has found a connection between historical stressors and physiological development in the Cherokee nation. 

In the late 19th century, anthropologist Franz Boas measured the skulls of adult Cherokees from groups who had grown up as the nation was split. Some were driven west on the Trail of Tears, and others fled to the Smoky Mountains for safety. 

NC State Forensic Anthropologist Ann Ross analyzed that data and found that Cherokees from both groups developed smaller skulls with different shapes.  

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Starting this month a group of white tailed deer will be transported from Morrow Mountain State Park onto 56,000 acres of reservation lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

It's a project sponsored by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management Program.

The move will help augment the reservation's population of deer which has been declining over the years.

A bill that would introduce Las Vegas-style live gambling to the Eastern Cherokee reservation has tentatively passed the House. Governor Bev Perdue struck a deal with leaders of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, but lawmakers must change state law in order for the arrangement to move forward. Republican Thomas West is a sponsor of the bill.