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The Cherokee in Arkansas prior to the Trail of Tears were Chickamauga. There is documentation in government files showing the separation of the Cherokee Nation. They were referred to as the Upper Town and the Lower Town, a.k.a. Chickamauga, as proclaimed by President George Washington in his 4th annual address to the Continental Congress on November 6, 1792. Chickamauga arrived on the south side of the Arkansas River in the spring of 1809 (Arkansas Territorial papers). President Thomas Jefferson gave them (Thomas Jefferson Papers) that land south of the Arkansas River and the Treaty of 1828 giving that land away was never ratified by the U.S. Senate. The Chickamauga are still here today!
Harold Helton
Conway, AR