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Trail of Tears sign at McAdory High School
This sign was present at a McAdory High School football game this weekend in Alabama. They were playing the Pinson Valley High School Indians.

For their part, McAdory High School officials have now released a statement and an apology:

To Whom It May Concern:

On 11/15/2013 at a football game at McAdory High School, a sign was displayed that made reference to the “Trail of Tears” in which Native Americans were subjected to horrific atrocities. This was not condoned by the school administration, the Jefferson County Board of Education or the community. The person who would normally be responsible for approving such signs is out on maternity leave, and I take full responsibility that arrangements were not made to have the signs pre-approved before the ballgame. Please accept our sincere apologies to the Native American people and to anyone who was offended by the reference to an event that is a stain on our nation’s past forever.

In response to the "bust thru" sign used by McAdory High School during the Round 2 State Play-Off game versus Pinson Valley High School, all social studies and history teachers will re-teach and/or review units concerning Native American displacement following the Indian Removal Act of 1830.

Sincerely,

Tod Humphries

Good for the principal for addressing this head on today. Let's hope the students learn a LOT more about the Trail of Tears and the history of Native Americans in America.

 

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 11:07 AM PST.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and Native American Netroots.

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