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Photo: Map of the Five Tribes and the Trail of Tears route to Oklahoma

Early Tulsa: Trail of Tears

BY (Goble 16)

Native Americans’ exhausting and brutal journey from Alabama to Oklahoma is known as the Trail of Tears. Best estimates show that less than 50 percent of Creeks survived the forced migration from the Southeast to Oklahoma.

Legend has it that the Lochapoka carried ashes from their old village along the Trail of Tears. These ashes were the remnants of the “Creek Uprising” when a mob descended upon their village and torched it. This episode of ethnic cleansing was the United States’ last efforts to force them off their land.