Tuesday, November 1, 2022
President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act forced many Indigenous peoples in this country from their homelands. In 1831, 13,000 of the Choctaw began their long journey from their native lands in the Southeast to Oklahoma. Thousands died on the very difficult and long journey. A Choctaw chief was quoted in the Arkansas Gazette, describing this ordeal as a “trail of tears and death”, which later was associated with the Cherokee Removal in 1838.