House Passes Trail of Tears Bill

NOVEMBER 14, 2006 - Posted at 4:21 p.m. CST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Legislation to expand the Trail of Tears trail passed the House and is on its way to President Bush to become law.

The law directs the Department of Interior and National Park Service to expand the trail to include additional routes used when the Cherokee were forced out of their homes in the 1820s and 1830s.

The trail runs through Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Representative Zach Wamp, of Tennessee, said the expansion will double the size of the trail and allow people to see the sites of the original Cherokee villages.

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