Historic Markers Across Tennessee



Given by the Great Spirit above



Marker ID:  
Location: at the Cherokee Removal Memorial Park on Shadden Rd., Birchwood, TN
County: Meigs
Coordinates: N 35° 24.423    W 085° 0.383
  35.40705    -85.00638333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None
 



Text:

During the 18th century, Cherokees worked hard to defend their homeland from invasion by Anglo-Americans. The nature of Cherokee politics - dispersed and locally defined - often hampered unified resistance to the invaders. In 1809, the Cherokee created a National Council to unify resistance to American's increasingly aggressive attempts to take Cherokee lands. Although only men sat on the council, Cherokee women retained the traditional right to address political issues. In 1818, a group of Cherokee women encouraged the National Council to refuse to cede land to the Americans.

We have called a meeting among ourselves to consult on the different points now before the council, relating to our national affairs. We have heard with painful feelings that the bounds of the land we now possess are to be drawn into very narrow limits. The land was given by the Great Spirit above as our common right, to raise our children upon & to make support for our rising generations. We therefore humbly petition our beloved children, the head men and warriors, to hold out to the last in support of our common rights, as the Cherokee nation have been the first settlers of this land; we therefore claim the right of the soil. Petition, June 30, 1818
"The land was given by the Great Spirit above as our common right, to raise our children upon & to make support for our rising generations."