A research project conducted at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Sequoyah National Research Center has yielded a new website that tracks the journey of Native Americans who traveled through Arkansas to Indian territory.
The research project, entitled Journey of Survival: Indian Removal Through Arkansas, charts the path Native Americans took through Arkansas as part of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. As a result of this act, five tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek), and Seminole– were forced to move into present-day Oklahoma, which was then Indian territory.
“We wanted to create a resource where teachers and students could go to get accurate information about this historical event,” Dr. Daniel Littlefield Jr., director of the Sequoyah National Research Center, said in a statement. “We think this website will be a valuable tool for educators to use in developing curricula for elementary and secondary classes.”
On the website, visitors can see each of the five tribes’ paths through Arkansas. The project features 80 historically significant sites along with photographs of the locations and other historical markers.