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Origins Of The Eastern Band Of Cherokee Indians

The flag of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
The flag of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

How did the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians form in North Carolina, after the U.S. Military forcibly removed thousands of Cherokee from the Southeast to west of the Mississippi River in the 1800’s - what was known as “The Trail of Tears”?

Anita Finger-Smith is a researcher who specializes in the records of the Eastern Cherokee.

She is president and CEO of Cherokee Genealogy Services, licensed by the Eastern Band.

Next week, here in Chattanooga, Anita will be the next speaker in this fall’s Moccasin Bend Lecture Series from National Park Partners - on Monday at 7 PM at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater.

I spoke with her - and Tricia Mims, executive director of National Park Partners.