Are there any Cherokee tribes in or around Georgia?
Grandpa said my great-great grandma was Cherokee. I found out she was born in Georgia. I wanted to know if there was or still is a Cherokee tribe there. If so where is it located. Can I find more information about her there?
I would love more information on the Cherokee tribes. I want to know everything there is to know about my ansesters.
- DrMichaelLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Georgia is one of the states where the Cherokee lived before the trail of tears
Between 1790 and 1830 the population of Georgia increased six-fold. The western push of the settlers created a problem. Georgians continued to take Native American lands and force them into the frontier. By 1825 the Lower Creek had been completely removed from the state under provisions of the Treaty of Indian Springs. By 1827 the Creek were gone.
Cherokee had long called western Georgia home. The Cherokee Nation continued in their enchanted land until 1828. It was then that the rumored gold, for which De Soto had relentlessly searched, was discovered in the North Georgia mountains.
The Cherokees in 1828 were not nomadic savages. In fact, they had assimilated many European-style customs, including the wearing of gowns by Cherokee women. They built roads, schools and churches, had a system of representational government, and were farmers and cattle ranchers. A Cherokee alphabet, the "Talking Leaves" was perfected by Sequoyah
In 1830 the Congress of the United States passed the "Indian Removal Act." Although many Americans were against the act, most notably Tennessee Congressman Davy Crockett, it passed anyway. President Jackson quickly signed the bill into law. The Cherokees attempted to fight removal legally by challenging the removal laws in the Supreme Court and by establishing an independent Cherokee Nation. At first the court seemed to rule against the Indians. In Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, the Court refused to hear a case extending Georgia's laws on the Cherokee because they did not represent a sovereign nation. In 1832, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Cherokee on the same issue in Worcester v. Georgia. In this case Chief Justice John Marshall ruled that the Cherokee Nation was sovereign, making the removal laws invalid. The Cherokee would have to agree to removal in a treaty. The treaty then would have to be ratified by the Senate.
By 1835 the Cherokee were divided and despondent. Most supported Principal Chief John Ross, who fought the encroachment of whites starting with the 1832 land lottery. However, a minority(less than 500 out of 17,000 Cherokee in North Georgia) followed Major Ridge, his son John, and Elias Boudinot, who advocated removal. The Treaty of New Echota, signed by Ridge and members of the Treaty Party in 1835, gave Jackson the legal document he needed to remove the First Americans. Ratification of the treaty by the United States Senate sealed the fate of the Cherokee. Among the few who spoke out against the ratification were Daniel Webster and Henry Clay, but it passed by a single vote. In 1838 the United States began the removal to Oklahoma, fulfilling a promise the government made to Georgia in 1802. Ordered to move on the Cherokee, General John Wool resigned his command in protest, delaying the action. His replacement, General Winfield Scott, arrived at New Echota on May 17, 1838 with 7000 men. Early that summer General Scott and the United States Army began the invasion of the Cherokee Nation.Source(s): z
- 1 decade ago
I would suggest that you go and visit Red Clay State Park on the border with Tennessee. The events that made Red Clay famous happened between 1832 and 1838. Red Clay served as the seat of Cherokee government from 1832 until the forced removal of the Cherokee in 1838. It was the site of 11 general councils, national affairs attended by up to 5,000 people. Those years were filled with frustrating efforts to insure the future of the Cherokee. One of the leaders of the Cherokee, Principal Chief John Ross, led their fight to keep Cherokee's eastern lands, refusing the government's efforts to move his people to Oklahoma. Controversial treaties, however, resulted in the surrendering of land and their forced removal. Here, at Red Clay, the Trail of Tears really began, for it was at the Red Clay Council Grounds that the Cherokee learned that they had lost their mountains, streams, and valleys forever.
Also pay a visit to New Echota in Calhoun, Ga. In 1825, the Cherokee national legislature established a capital called New Echota. A thriving town, this new governmental seat became headquarters for the small independent Indian nation that once covered present-day northern Georgia, western North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and northwestern Alabama.
You could also visit the Vann House in Chatsworth, Ga. It is one of the best preserved Cherokee Plantation Homes.
Visit the home of John Ross in Rossville, Ga.
There are countless landmarks to see in North Georgia. At the top of the list though i'd have to say you need to get off the beaten path and get back into the mountains, somewhere like the Cohutta Wilderness. You can get away from it all and see what they saw and you will realize how much they lost and why they didnt want to leave.
I belive you also need to talk to as many of your older relatives as you can cause they may have stories and memories. Write these down cause when they pass on alot of oral history can go with them.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
There certainly were Cherokee in Georgia. My own Cherokee family connection is through John Ross who grew up and lived in Northern Georgia.
The Cherokee nation, descendants of the Cherokee who were moved west by the US government 1838-1839, is now based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma on the Cherokee Reservation. There is another group called the United Keetoowah band of Cherokee Indians also in Tahlequah.
The Eastern Band of the Cherokee, descendants of those who stayed in the southern Appalachians, is based in North Carolina on the Qualla Boundary.
I'll list some sites to help you get started in your research.
do-na-da-`go-v-i ( not really a phrase or word for good-bye, more like till we meet again)Source(s): http://www.cherokee.org/ http://www.nc-cherokee.com/ http://www.cherokee-nc.com/ http://unitedkeetoowahband.org/
- 1 decade ago
Yes, there are. Cherokee County, Georgia was named after the Cherokee Indians who lived in the area at that time.
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- DovahkiinLv 71 decade ago
check these sites outSource(s): my grandchildren are also Cherokee but from Mississippi.