Trail of Tears Commemoration Day


Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

~American Indian Proverb


“Under orders from President Jackson the U.S. Army began enforcement of the Removal Act. The Cherokee were rounded up in the summer of 1838 and loaded onto boats that traveled the Tennessee, Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers into Indian Territory. Many were held in prison camps awaiting their fate.

“An estimated 4,000 died from hunger, exposure and disease. The journey became a cultural memory as the “trail where they cried” for the Cherokees and other removed tribes.”

Read more at Cherokee Nation


Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts
~Hopi Tribe Proverb

They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.

All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.
~Arapaho Tribe Proverb

When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.
~Arapaho Tribe Proverb

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man.
~Sioux Tribe Proverb

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
~Dakota Tribe Proverb

Everyone who is successful must have dreamed of something.

f a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove.
~Cheyenne Tribe Proverb



  1. Every time I think of this moment of terror for a brave people, I’m again remained of how some people have no regard for the life of anything!

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