The National Park Service partners with federal agencies, state and local governments, organizations, tribes, and private individuals to administer the national historic trail.
The Trail of Tears Association is a major partner with the National Park Service. The association is a national organization dedicated to the preservation, public awareness, and appreciation of the Trail of Tears. Visit the association website at www.nationaltota.org/
There were several other American Indian tribes that were removed along with the Cherokee on the Trail of Tears. Members from these tribes are partners on the national historic trail. To learn more, visit the following websites:
Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma at http://themuscogeecreeknation.com/
Chickasaw Nation at www.chickasaw.net
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma at www.choctawnation.com
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma at http://seminolenation.com
Poarch Band of Creek Indians at www.poarchcreekindians.org/xhtml/index.htm
United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians at www.ukb-nsn.gov/newsite/index.php
Did You Know?
Not all Cherokee people were removed from their homelands to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) on the Trail of Tears. The Oconaluftee Cherokees had treaty rights, and they, along with fugitives fleeing the army, became the Eastern Band of Cherokees, still residing in North Carolina.