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Dean recounts the removal of the Cherokee Indians from their homelands in western North Carolina and other states, which took place between October 1838 and March 1839. Many white settlers sought to prevent the removal, but ultimately, the demand for new settlement lands and the discovery of gold on Cherokee land overwhelmed their protests. Thousands of Cherokees died on the winter march to Oklahoma.
When the Cherokees were forced to relocate to Oklahoma in 1838, several hundred refused to leave and fled into the Smoky Mountains. Today there are about three-thousand Cherokees living in western North Carolina. This article discusses the history of Cherokee Nation, the Trail of Tears, and the Sacred Fire ritual.