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Arkansas park honoring tribes’ journey dedicated

Little Rock, Arizona (AP) October 2011

A park commemorating part of the perilous journey members of the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes made from the southeastern United States to what is now Oklahoma has been dedicated at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/oVdcpc), Gov. Mike Beebe and members of the tribes attended a ceremony for the Trail of Tears Park, a green space on the southern end of the campus that officials say was once a resting spot along the trail.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes and others from their lands in the Southeast. Many died en route to Indian Territory in eastern Oklahoma.

Sue Folsom with the Choctaw Nation said it’s difficult to think about what her ancestors had to endure.

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