published Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Tennessee House approves apology for 1830 Indian Removal Act

NASHVILLE — One-hundred-and-eighty-four years after the fact, the Tennessee House today approved a resolution expressing regret for the 1830 Indian Removal Act.

The federal law resulted in the forced removal of Native Americans from Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and other parts of the Southeastern U.S. in what became known as the Trail of Tears.

Sponsored by House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada of Franklink, the resolution was approved on a 90-0 vote.

The 19th Century law resulted in the forced removal of some 15,000 Native Americans from Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and other parts of the Southeast.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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