USFS MOA for Remediation of Damage to the Trail of Tears in Cherokee NF

December 10, 2019

Memorandum of Agreement Among U.S. Forest Service, Southern Region; Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas; Alabama Quassarte Tribal Town; Cherokee Nation; Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana; Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; Kialegee Tribal Town; Muscogee (Creek) Nation; Poarch Band of Creek Indians; Thlopthlocco Tribal Town; United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians; Coker Creek Heritage Group; National Park Service/National Trails; Tennessee Valley Authority; Tennessee State Historic Preservation Officer; and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for the Remediation of Damage to a 1.0-5-mile Segment of the Unicoi Turnpike/Trail of Tears National Historic Trail (40MR408) on the Tellico Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest, Monroe County, Tennessee.

This MOA allows for damage to be remediated and establishes a mitigation program that focuses on interpretation, training, tribal youth engagement, and better collaborative planning and management of the Trail of Tears in this forest and throughout the Southern Region.