Twelve cyclists participating in the 2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride left the Cherokee Nation Tuesday to begin a three-week, 950-mile trek retracing the northern route of the Trail of Tears. The Cherokee Nation cyclists will join eight cyclists from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, North Carolina, and will begin their ride in New Echota, Georgia, on June 4. The ride spans seven states before concluding in Tahlequah on June 22.
Earlier this week, the Cherokee Nation gave the town of Gore a $20,000 donation to pay for a new outdoor warning siren, which can be activated from a cell phone and will alert residents to a variety of ongoing emergency situations. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr., Tribal Councilor David Thornton Sr. and Cherokee Nation Businesses board member Dan Carter visited Gore Tuesday to present the donation.
Lastly, the Cherokee Nation recently donated $75,200 to 20 area organizations in northeastern Oklahoma who participate in backpack programs that provide students with everything from school supplies to nutritious weekend snacks. Members of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council distributed the checks to the 20 churches, schools and other organizations in Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Rogers, Sequoyah and Washington counties. Currently, the programs partnering with the tribe serve 2,458 students, with 57 percent being Native.