WASHINGTON (AP) -- Several lawmakers in Washington DC are demanding the Interior Department do a better job retracing the path of the Trail of Tears.
History has documented the plight of American Indians evicted from Southern communities in the 1830s and forced on a deadly journey toward Oklahoma. However, official recognition of the path of some 15,000 Cherokees was often based more on guesswork than evidence.
Tennessee Republican Zach Wamp is pushing a bill that seeks a comprehensive review of the trail.
Research was limited when Congress made the pathway a national historical trail in 1987. Historians have since uncovered a number of omissions, including routes in North Carolina or Georgia.