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Every summer a group of young riders from Cherokee Nation and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians team up and retrace by bicycle the Trail of Tears, our ancestor’s removal route from our homelands in the East to modern-day Oklahoma. This year 12 riders from Cherokee Nation, who range in age from 16 to 24, are joining eight others from North Carolina to complete the 950-mile trip.
This is a special group of young people who will retrace our tribe’s route to Oklahoma. As a student of history, and specifically Cherokee history, I am envious of their experience. This is the best classroom I could ever imagine.

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TAHLEQUAH — Discover the history of the Cherokee Advocate newspaper and explore odd stories and occurrences reported from 1844 to 1906.

The “Oddities of the Cherokee Advocate” exhibit runs through Nov. 24 and features original excerpts from the paper, alongside work from Cherokee artists complementing their favorite stories.

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TAHLEQUAH – Northeastern State University and the Center for Tribal studies is set to host the 45th Annual Symposium on the American Indian April 10 through 15. The Symposium’s theme is “Indian Givers: Indigenous Inspirations” and keynote speakers are set to discuss topics inspired by the lives and culture of American Indians. All keynote speakers will present at the University Center Ballroom.

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PONCA CITY — Citizens of six north-central Oklahoma tribes took to the streets Friday afternoon in a show of solidarity with domestic violence victims and survivors.

Awash in purple and black, the crowd at the Fifth Annual Six Nations Domestic Violence Walk lapped Pioneer Park, with many holding up purple pinwheels in the breeze.

 “We hear the rates and are astounded, but there is hope,” Native Alliance Against Violence executive director Dawn Stover said. “There are good things in Indian Country.

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