The Bradley County Historical and Genealogical Society.
The material offered had been complied by Chadwick “Corntassel” Smith. The session was taught by Dr. Julie Coates, Cherokee Nation Tribal counselor and assistant professor at the University of California.
Some 92 people attended the two weekend course and received a certificate with the Cherokee Nation Seal.
Faye Callaway leader of the Charleston-Calhoun-Hiwassee Historical Society was in attendance. Also in attendance was Johnny Majors and one student from Ireland.
The text included treaties detailing promise after promise made by the government.
Dr. Coats posted a map with puzzle pieces which she removed as she described each section of land lost and the date the treaty was completed and signed.
The course also outlined today's continual struggle with the Cherokee desire to represent their own nation with details of court cases.
Murl Dirksen, professor at Lee, was helpful with lighting and computers.
Lisa Poe Jones, leader of Boy Scout Troop 10, chartered to Broad Street United Methodist church, and her son Nicholas Poe Jones, Seth Woods, Jimmy Ortiz and Angel Ortiz were available at each session to provide refreshments and take order for and deliver lunch.