TAHLEQUAH — Applications are being accepted for the Remember the Removal Bike Ride for the summer 2014 ride, according to a media release.
The Remember the Removal Bike Ride is a more than 950-mile journey that travels through seven states, testing riders’ physical and mental endurance as well as teaching leadership and the history and struggles of the Cherokee Nation and the Cherokee people. The ride retraces the northern route of the U.S. government’s forced removal of the Cherokees from their homelands in the Southeast to Indian Territory, starting in 1838. The historical routes the Cherokees made to present day Oklahoma have been commonly known as the Trail of Tears.
Cherokee Nation is looking for new riders who are pursuing higher education goals, willing to learn about Cherokee history related to the Trail of Tears and willing to promote their experiences to external audiences. Selected participants must pass a physical, participate in group training rides and attend Trail of Tears history courses prior to the summer ride. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is an annual partner in the remembrance ride and will have a group of riders participating in the journey.
Applications are available online at http://remembertheremoval.cherokee.org/ and must be completed by Jan. 3.
Application requirements are as follows:
• Must be a Cherokee Nation citizen.
• Age 16 to 24 on Jan. 1.
• Permanent address must be inside the 14-county tribal jurisdiction.
• Must not have participated in this program in the past. Legacy riders can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Must submit three letters of recommendation.
For information, contact Project Manager Patrick Hill: (918) 207-3919 or email@example.com, or visit http://remembertheremoval.cherokee.org.