New Trail of Tears markers to go up in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials say new signs and markers along Arkansas' portions of the Trail of Tears should be erected by spring, after President Barack Obama signed an act that expands the historic trail to more than 4,900 miles in nine states, including Arkansas.

Before now, the only recognized portions of the trail in Arkansas were a short section in northwest Arkansas and the water route that includes the Arkansas River. Daniel Littlefield, director of the Sequoyah Research Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, says Arkansas has hundreds of miles of travel routes on the trail.

The Trail of Tears is the name given to the routes that more than 16,000 Cherokee Indians traveled during their forced removal from their homelands to what is now Oklahoma. --- Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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