I hope to one day follow the Trail of Tears and see the NPS exhibits. I also want to connect with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Tribe and the Oklahoma Tribe. I found out I was part Cherokee in late 2011 and found out in January 2012 that I am 1/8th Cherokee. My paternal birth great grandfather was a full blooded Cherokee born in North Carolina. My grandmother was 1/2 Cherokee, born in North Carolina. All my life I've been obsessed with the Cherokee. I was adopted into Chief Big Buffalo's Tribe when I was 4 years old. I did reports in history at school about the Trail of Tears. I went with my Methodist Youth Group to our mission site on the NC reservation in 1967 and felt so at home there and so accepted. I even got to eat dinner with a family in their home, which no one else in our group got to do. Later on I did my Master's thesis on teaching the Native American children and even got to teach some Navajo children for a year. I am proud of my Cherokee heritage and want to learn as much as I can. Thank you for the information about the Cherokee fighting in the Civil War.