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CHEROKEE NATION
By Bill Grimes Jr.
Saturday, February 03, 2007

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Treaty of deceit.......



CHEROKEE NATION

 

 

Creek campfire legend

Speaks of the fierce “Chelokee”

“People of a different speech”

The noble Cherokee

Southern Appalachia

Tranquil home

Before the white mans oppression

Vastly powerful tribe

Peaceful co-existence

European expeditions

Organized elimination

Besieged their mountain habitat

Red Chiefs War Dance

Fought “civilized privileged treatment”

Priests became warriors

Then hunters for a profit

Shaky British alliance

Inter-nation treachery

1721

Treaty of deceit

Regulated trade

Smallpox devastation

Virginia massacre

No cover for their dead

Bitter “Trail of Tears”

At the hand of frontier militias

Forced indignant retreat

Decimated homeland

“Dawes Commission”, 1885

Ill informed attempt at civility

Oklahoma’s arrival

Tragic chain of events

Once proud Cherokee Nation

Swindled

Victims of Caucasian larceny

 

 

http://www.tolatsga.org/Cherokee2.html

 

 

© Bill Grimes Jr. 2007



 

 

 
 


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Reviewed by Irina Karstein 3/31/2007
I really enjoyed reading this. It could actually be a prose poem too. When I was driving through Oregon I met a woman who told me that her ancestors were a part of the Trail of Tears; there was something sad and yet moving about it.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 2/3/2007
Nice tribute for I have Cherokee blood running deep within my veins...I am proud of my heritage and feel a close connection with my ancestors. Enjoyed!
Blessings,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by H Cruz 2/3/2007
Nice tribute Bill, My grandmother would have appreciated it!

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