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Trail of Tears


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"Trail of Tears" recalls the 1838 forced relocation of Cherokees from their ancestral lands in the southeastern U.S. to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Some 4000 Cherokees perished along the way. The documentary recalls the Cherokees' leaders John Ross and Major Ridge, who disagreed about whether the Cherokees should go or stay prior to the forced march, and a landmark Supreme Court case regarding tribal sovereignty.


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