"Given by the Great Spirit above"

"Given by the Great Spirit above" (HMQEI)

Location: Birchwood, TN 37308 Meigs County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 24.423', W 85° 0.383'

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During the 18th century, Cherokees worked hard to defend their homeland from invasion by Anglo-Americans. The nature of Cherokee politics - dispersed and locally defined - often hampered unified resistance to the invaders. In 1809, the Cherokee created a National Council to unify resistance to American's increasingly aggressive attempts to take Cherokee lands. Although only men sat on the council, Cherokee women retained the traditional right to address political issues. In 1818, a group of Cherokee women encouraged the National Council to refuse to cede land to the Americans.

We have called a meeting among ourselves to consult on the different points now before the council, relating to our national affairs. We have heard with painful feelings that the bounds of the land we now possess are to be drawn into very narrow limits. The land was given by the Great Spirit above as our common right, to raise our children upon & to make support for our rising generations. We therefore humbly petition our beloved children, the head men and warriors, to hold out to the last in support of our common rights, as the Cherokee nation have been the first settlers of this land; we therefore claim the right of the soil. Petition, June 30, 1818

"The land was given by the Great Spirit above as our common right, to raise our children upon & to make support for our rising generations."

Series This marker is part of the Trail of Tears series
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 7:42am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 681027 N 3920010
Decimal Degrees35.40705000, -85.00638333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 24.423', W 85° 0.383'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 24' 25.38" N, 85° 0' 22.98" W
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Area Code(s)423
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 852 Blythe Ferry Lane, Birchwood TN 37308, US
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