Published June 20, 2017
TAHLEQUAH — At the end of their nearly month-long journey retracing the steps of their ancestors along the northern route of the Trail of Tears, the 2017 Remember the Removal cyclists will reunite with their friends and family Thursday in Tahlequah.
The riders started their journey at New Echota, Georgia, on June 3, and traveled roughly 60 miles per day across Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas, before they end their 1,000-mile journey at the Cherokee Nation Courthouse Square in Tahlequah.
Throughout their travels, the riders visited various historic sites important to their Cherokee heritage. Many of the states along the route included important landmarks, including the original Cherokee Nation capital at New Echota in Georgia and Blythe Ferry in Tennessee, home of the Cherokee Removal Memorial, where riders located the names of their ancestors who walked the trail. Remember the Removal Bike Ride participants also visited Mantle Rock in Kentucky, which provided shelter for the Cherokees while they waited for safe passage over the Ohio River.
This year’s cyclists include the following:
Breanna Anderson, 21, Sand Springs
Brian Barlow, 22, Tahlequah
Ellic Miller, 23, Tahlequah
Gaya Pickup, 21, Salina
Hunter Scott, 16, Bunch
Macie Sullateskee, 19, Tahlequah
Raven Girty, 20, Gore
Shelby Deal, 19, Porum
Skylar Vann, 23, Locust Grove
Susie Q. Means-Worley, 24, Stilwell
Trey Pritchett, 19, Stilwell
KenLea Henson, 23, Proctor
Will Chavez, 50, Marble City
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
Chavella Taylor, 26, Painttown, North Carolina
Israel Rodriguez, 26, Yellowhill, North Carolina
Renissa McLaughlin, 48, Birdtown/Big Cove, North Carolina
Sheyashe Littledave, 32, Painttown, North Carolina
Zane Wachacha, 20, Snowbird, North Carolina
Taylor Wilnoty, 20, Painttown, North Carolina
WHAT: Remember the Removal Bike Ride return ceremony
WHEN: Thursday, June 22
WHERE: Cherokee Nation Courthouse Square
101 S. Muskogee Ave.
WHO: Principal Chief Bill John Baker
Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Tribal Council Speaker Joe Byrd
Chief of Staff Chuck Hoskin
Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists
Cherokee National Youth Choir
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