Trail of Tears. By Jaclyn Jamison. What was the Trail of Tears?. The Trail of Tears was a route the Indians had to take while being forced to relocate from the southeast to the Indian Territory, which was present day Oklahoma .
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The government took their land, business, and farms.
Miners swept throughout their Nation and wanted to stay because of the riches. People formed groups called Pony Clubs which were armed looters that would torment the Indians into leaving their land.
The Cherokee said they would not be forced out of their land, but conflict arose and the Indians sued the states for attacking their land. Congress said they were “domestic dependent nations” so they were not affected by individual state laws. However they were still considered a part of the U.S. so they had to follow federal ruling.