Arkansas museum would welcome Trail of Tears monument

Fort Smith, Arkansas (AP) June 2011

The board of the planned U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith says it would welcome a monument to the Trail of Tears on the site.

The Southwest Times Record reports that Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief of Staff Edwin Marshall spoke about the monument at a museum board meeting. Marshall says chiefs of the Five Civilized Tribes, who were forced to move west into what is now Oklahoma during the 19th century along what is known as the Trail of Tears, are interested in a monument.

The Five Civilized Tribes are the Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Seminole nations. Each tribe passed through the Fort Smith area at least once along the trail.

Marshals Museum Executive Director Jim Dunn says the Marshals Service and the tribes have worked closely together.



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