Letter to Editor: Georgia’s second Trail of Tears



Dear Editor:

Georgia’s Cherokee descendants, whose relatives were forcibly removed on the infamous Trail of Tears from Georgia in 1838, are seeking assistance from state representatives and state senators to finally correct an error of address when the state of Georgia recognized all of its Cherokee descendants in 1993, Ga. Code 44-12-300 as the Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee. And to PREVENT A SECOND Trail of Tears disastouous event against Georgia’s Cherokee citizens.

Forsyth County state Rep. Mark Hamilton and state Sen. Jack Murphy have been asked to lead efforts by introducing a bill to correct an erroneous address which was included in the original bill of 1993 and which has hindered the group from carrying out its mission in behalf of Georgia’s Cherokee citizens.

The intent of the 1993 Cherokee recognition bill, 44-12-300, was to give recognition to all of Georgia’s Cherokee citizens, not to just a chosen few. The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee roll is open to all Cherokee descendants in Georgia, regardless of blood quantum.

Cherokee descendants live in virtually all of North Georgia’s counties, the original home of the Cherokee Nation, with its Capital at New Echota, now Calhoun, Ga.

Many prominent families of Cherokee descent located in Forsyth and Cherokee counties and surrounding North Georgia counties are among those descendants.

The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee was incorporated to carry out the intent of the 1993 Georgia General Assembly and allow active enlistment of Georgia’s Cherokee people and to once again give them the recognition they so much deserve. Many states across the United States have recognized their many misdeeds against their own Native American residents and have taken steps to correct the many wrongs of the past.

The state of Georgia has failed to carry through on their recognition to its Cherokee people by allowing an erroneous address to remain in the 1993 Georgia Code section. That error in the address has resulted in much fraud against the state of Georgia and the entire country.

The legitimate Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee, Inc., have been actively engaged in the enrollment of its Cherokee descendants located in Georgia and offers assistance in their receiving all benefits they are entitled to from the United States government, and to seek federal recognition for those descendants, as have other Native Americans living in adjoining Southern states.

The Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee is duly registered as a 501(c)3 charitable entity to assist it in carrying out their mission statement of finally having a state-of-the-art Cherokee museum, council grounds for events and cultural center. To finally tell the tremendous story of Georgia’s Cherokee people of the past and present and their many contributions to the state of Georgia and its mountain counties.

The office of David Ralston, the Speaker of Georgia’s House of Representatives, has also been requested to support this request, in as much as he has thousands of Cherokee descendants residing within his own district, Fannin, Gilmer and Dawson counties.

Georgia’s Cherokee people ask for the support of all Georgians to support the goal of a Georgia Tribe of Eastern Cherokee Museum and Cultural Center and not allow the state of Georgia to continue to delay in correcting the totally erroneous error that prevents them from going forward in behalf of all Georgia Cherokee citizens.

Enrollment information is available at www.georgiatribeofeasterncherokee.com, www.cherokeeindians.com, or email gteci@aol.com.

Lucian Lamar Sneed

Forsyth County and Cherokee historian

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