We had a potluck dinner and were treated to Will Chavez and his amazing team of young Cherokee ladies who sang beautifully (see video courtesy of Billy Jack Shotpouch). They also described their experiences in the Remember the Removal bike ride this summer. This bike ride traced the trail of the Northern Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears.
The name of the Goingsnake District Heritage Association honors the former Going Snake District, one of the original eight districts of the western Cherokee Nation. The 1839 Cherokee Constitution and legislation of 1840 divided the nation into eight districts for governance and elections. The districts included the following: Going Snake, Skin Bayou (later renamed Sequoyah District), Illinois, Flint, Saline, Tahlequah, Delaware, and Canadian. A ninth district, Cooweescoowee, was added later in 1856.
Thanks to all who came out to the meeting. It was a great time.