Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

The Treaty That Forced the Cherokee People from Their Homelands Goes on View

Negotiated in 1835 by a small group of Cherokee citizens without legal standing, challenged by the majority of the Cherokee nation and their elected government, the Treaty of New Echota was used by the United States to justify the removal of the Cherokee people along the Trail of Tears. Representatives of the three federally recognized Cherokee tribes came together to see the treaty go on exhibit on the National Mall.