Tennessee leaders renounce state's role in Trail of Tears - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Tennessee leaders renounce state's role in Trail of Tears

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Imagine someone coming to your door and saying, "Be like us or leave."

That's what happened to the people of the five Native American nations that stood here well before European settlers started moving in.

"It was a land grab. The United States government wanted the peoples' land and they took it. And so the lesson for us today is when government comes to you and they take something from somebody and they give it to someone else, that is wrong," said State Rep. Glen Casada.

As a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, all Native Americans refusing to blend in with the ever-expanding new nation were put on a several hundred mile forced march, now called the Trail of Tears. Thousands died along its path.

With a round of cheers Friday, nearly 200 years later, the State of Tennessee publicly renounced its role in the Trail of Tears and expressed its regret.

For Ryan Little Eagle, the day was not so much about yesterday but about tomorrow.

"The past hurts, but it's things like today that we're trying to build a better future. To honor what the elders sacrificed and what they went through. To carry on that memory so we can continue living in a good way and keep these traditions alive," he said.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • I-55 southbound closed in New Madrid

    I-55 southbound closed in New Madrid

    Saturday, February 24 2018 10:36 AM EST2018-02-24 15:36:58 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)
    I-55 southbound is closed from the Kewanee to the north New Madrid exit due to a crash. New Madrid County Sheriff's Department deputies are currently rerouting traffic into US Highway 61 from Kewanee to get back on the Interstate at the North New Madrid exit. You are asked to use caution in these areas. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.
    I-55 southbound is closed from the Kewanee to the north New Madrid exit due to a crash. New Madrid County Sheriff's Department deputies are currently rerouting traffic into US Highway 61 from Kewanee to get back on the Interstate at the North New Madrid exit. You are asked to use caution in these areas. Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.
  • Williamson County, IL crash injures 2

    Williamson County, IL crash injures 2

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:06 PM EST2018-02-23 21:06:11 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    Several people were hurt after a crash in Williamson County, Illinois on Thursday, February 22. 

    Several people were hurt after a crash in Williamson County, Illinois on Thursday, February 22. 

  • Woman dead after car struck tree in Johnson Co., IL

    Woman dead after car struck tree in Johnson Co., IL

    Friday, February 23 2018 4:02 PM EST2018-02-23 21:02:04 GMT
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)
    (Source: KFVS)(Source: KFVS)

    A 19-year-old woman is dead after her vehicle struck a tree.

    A 19-year-old woman is dead after her vehicle struck a tree.

Powered by Frankly