Inappropriate sign used at a football playoff game in Alabama caused Cherokee Nation to react.
Published February 9, 2019
Potential 2020 Democratic presidential nomination candidate U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) waves at the crowd ahead of a campaign rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S. February 9, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
WASHINGTON — On the day Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) formally announced her 2020 bid for the presidency, Donald Trump could not resist more American Indian taunting as he once again called her Pocahontas and finished with “See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
By capitalizing the word “trail,” some American Indians feel Trump is referring to the Trail of Tears.
To Native people, the Trail of Tears is no funny matter.
The Trail of Tears began in 1831 on orders of Andrew Jackson. The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole (sometimes collectively referred to as the Five Civilized Tribes) were living as autonomous nations in what is now known as the American South. The Five Civilized Tribes were marched westward from the southeast portion of the United States to Oklahoma.
Thousands died on the removal from the south to Oklahoma.
In November 2013, a group of cheerleaders used the term inappropriately for a pep rally sign at a high school game in Alabama, which caused Principa Chief Bill John Baker of the Cherokee Nation to issue the following statement:
About 16,000 Cherokees began the trek to Oklahoma from our homelands in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky, but only 12,000 lived through the harsh conditions that winter.
The Trail of Tears was arguably the most horrific period in the Cherokee Nation’s history and among the worst atrocities ever sanctioned by the United States government.