When Senator Elizabeth Warren formally announced his 2020 presidential bid this weekend, President Trump responded to the familiar line of attacks.
He refused Ms. Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, because of his claim to Native American ancestry, again called him through the slur "Pocahontas." Then Mr. appeared Trump to refer to the Trail of Lears, the brutal relics of Native Americans in the 19th century that caused thousands of deaths.
"Has he run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or he has decided that after 32 years, it does not come out anymore?" Trump tweeted . "You saw the TRAIL campaign, Liz!"
Comments have brought immediate blowback to social media with accusations performed by the president in one of the worst tragedies Native Americans have experienced. Mr. Trump had previously agreed with the massacre of the Wounded Knee, one of the deadliest attacks on American Americans through the US military, with another culpability against Ms. Warren.
"He actually pretends a story that supports genocide and a forced removal," says Betsy Theobald Richards, who works on replacing cultural narratives for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice organization.
Ms. Richards, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, says that most people have pointed out only the "dominant story" of the United States history, which he says has long been declining experiences and voices of Native Americans.
T really realize that they are real people who live in you, "he said." These are their ancestors who survived, or brought memories of people killed or taken away. "
Para to those who need a refresher, here's a brief history of the Trail of Tears:
What's The Trail of Tears?  In 1830, federal and state officials forced thousands of Native Americans from Their land in the southeast of the United States, including Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. The forced transfer has been affected by thousands of Cherokes, as well as tribes of the Creek, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole, among others.
Indigenous peoples were expelled from their homes and placed in camps indoors before they were driven westward towards the designated Indian Territory, in present-day Oklahoma, according to the Trail of Tears Association, one not pa work that works to maintain historical trails and promote awareness.
Some 15,000 Native people died on the trip from exposure, malnutrition, fatigue and illness, including about 4,000 Cherokees.
"This is a very tragic event in Cherokee history and looms great," said Jace Weaver, director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia, who studied the removal of Cherokee. 19659014] What led to forced transfer?
In the early 1800s, the federal government made a treaty with Georgia to remove all Native Americans from the state. But little has been done to enforce it immediately, according to Dr. Weaver.
Then, in 1829, gold was found in Cherokee in northern Georgia, raising efforts to remove Cherokees, according to the Trail of Tears Association. At the same time, Andrew Jackson became president and began "aggressively" to continue a policy of shifting the Native population, the association said.
Jackson signed the law of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, authorizing the government to transfer Indian tribes to exchange for unsettled territory in the west.
Most Native Americans oppose the policy, and the Cherokee Nation brings a case to the United States Supreme Court. In a decision, in 1832, the court followed Cherokees, Dr. Weaver. "They have this success, but President Jackson refused to enforce it," he said. So, he said, "a group of Cherokees are thinking that the departure is unavoidable and they need to arrange their best dealings."
In 1835, a group of Cherokees signed a federal government agreement agreeing to move west to the Indian Territory. The treaty, the Treaty of New Echota, is "illegally under the laws of the Cherokee Nation," says Dr. Weaver, but still employ.
"The Senate confirmed the agreement despite the fact that a minority of Cherokees accepted it," the Trail of Tears Association said on its website.
On the west trip, the association said, a severe winter and illness made death "everyday occurrence."
What is the heritage of the Trail of Lears?
In 1987, Congress set the Trail of Lears a national historical path. This covers nine states and thousands of miles.
As the school teaches, many people have limited knowledge about events such as the Trail of Lears and Wounded Knee, says Ms. Richards. "They have heard these rules, but they really do not understand," he said.
But tribal peoples, Ms Richards said, the history is intimately: "These are the genocides we remember, part of our family memories, part of our memory of blood. "
He supported more Native American voices in Hollywood, the news media and the education system.
"It's time for America to go and integrate the Aboriginal history and culture of the Curriculum," she says. "Foolishness is no longer acceptable."