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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-01-08 10:02 AM
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Edited on Wed Oct-01-08 10:08 AM by Omaha Steve

My paternal grandmother was full Kentucky Cherokee.

Legend of the Cherokee Rose
When the Trail of Tears started in 1838, the mothers of the Cherokee were grieving and crying so much, they were unable to help their children survive the journey. The elders prayed for a sign that would lift the mothers spirits to give them strength. The next day a beautiful rose began to grow where each of the mothers tears fell. The rose is white for their tears; a gold center represents the gold taken from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem for the seven Cherokee clans. The wild Cherokee Rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma today.
Source: The Cherokee 1994 Heritage Calendar by Dorothy Sullivan, Memoray Circle Studio, Norman, Ok.



October 01


Painting by Robert Lindneux
Woolaroc Museum

October 1, 1838 - Cherokees began the westward movement known as The Trail of Tears. Hundreds died of sickness, drought, heat and exposure in their forced exodus from Georgia.

Read more about the Trail of Tears at http://ngeorgia.com/history/nghisttt.html



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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-01-08 10:15 AM
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1. They didn't begin a "movement," they were forced into a genocidal death march. Jackson's legacy.
Edited on Wed Oct-01-08 10:16 AM by GodlessBiker
Jackson completed ignored a Supreme Court decision in favor of the Cherokees, and famously said something like, "Let the Court enforce its order."

Total bastard.
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enlightenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-01-08 10:34 AM
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2. The decision was
Worcester v. Georgia and Chief Justice John Marshall wrote the decision.

In two earlier cases, Johnson v. M'Intosh and Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, Marshall's court had decided in the state's favour - Worcester was an interesting reversal and very important because it established the principle of "domestic dependent nations."

Still, the court could have forced Georgia to abide by the decision and chose not to do so - and Georgia simply ignored the ruling. That's what led Jackson to say "the decision of the supreme court has fell still born, and they find that they cannot coerce Georgia to yield to its mandate."

The other phrase attributed to him - "John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it" - is apocryphal, though it fits the man's personality . . .

and I agree; Jackson was a jerk.
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-01-08 10:51 AM
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3. Thank you for that.
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bushisanidiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-01-08 11:25 AM
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4. Thanks for this post.
I spent much of the morning reading about the Trail of Tears. As a nation, we owe so much to those we oppressed. It's my belief that America's Indian reservations should have the best schools, roads, and parks in the country.
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