On March 13, 2014 history was made in the Tennessee Assembly when House Joint Resolution 553 that acknowledges, renounces, and expresses regret for the Removal Act of 1830 and the death march called the Trail of Tears was passed unanimously in the House and the Senate. Those who facilitated this legislation believe that a Movement has begun for all state governments in the Southeast to follow suit with this piece of legislation and next it begins with Georgia! Their objective is to facilitate and assist the Georgia Assembly until such a resolution becomes a reality in the halls of the House and Senate!

In the fall of 2014, I embarked on a journey to the Georgia General Assembly to engage and encourage the members of that body to follow suit with their own long overdue resolution. On March 27th, 2018, this became a reality when Georgia’s first Native American resolution, HR 1746 was read and adopted. Sponsored by Rep. John Meadows, Jaspers, and Ridley, it “recognized the New Echota Historic Site (Cherokee Capital) urging the public to study the history that occurred there; and for other purposes.” For the first time honor was given by the Georgia Assembly to the Cherokee Nation and their accomplishments at New Echo including a 2 story council house, a supreme court, the office of the first Indian language newspaper, the “Cherokee Phoenix”, which used the new syllabary created by the Cherokee Sequoyah. HR 1764 included a detail account of events before and after the Trail of Tears, “one of the most sordid chapters in our state’s history, the forced migration of the Cherokee people from their native Southeastern foothills and mountains to Oklahoma.”

Watch the entire House Joint Resolution 553 event which occurred in Tennessee on March 13, 2014. Click Here!