Cherokee Indians

Why did the Cherokee tribe move to Oklahoma?



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The Cherokees did not willingly move but were forced to move from their homelands, by a US Law called "The Indian Removal Act," making the long trek to "Indian Territory" (later called "Oklahoma" a Choctaw word meaning "Land of the Red Man"), being escorted by the military & state militia to ensure compliance. This was a terrible thing, one of many perpetrated on a people who had been beneficial to early America. Approximately 17,000 were forced to move and approximately 4,000 died from hunger and exposure during the trip.