Indian Removal: Our Story

The Chickasaw Nation

American history tells the story of the Trail of Tears, when the five tribes of what is now the southeastern United States were forced to relocate to Indian Territory. But the depths of the losses the tribes endured have largely been told only by generation after generation of tribal people. Their unique perspectives are valuable for anyone who wants to understand a balanced view of the United States's westward expansion in its fledgling years as a new country.

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