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2018 Ride Sept. 21st

26th Annual Ride and Alabama 200 Anniversary

It's more than just a ride, it's an experience....

No Registration & No Fees to Ride

- Always the Third Saturday of September

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Trail of Tears Favorite Links

United Cherokee AniYunWiYa Nation

United Cherokee AniYunWiYa Nation in support of the Town of Waterloo and the State of Alabama Alabama Indian Affairs Commission has hosted the POW WOW at Waterloo since inception.

State of Alabama Alabama Indian Affairs Commission

State of Alabama Alabama Indian Affairs Commission has been instrumental in all aspects of the success of this evnet. The State of Alabama Alabama Indian Affairs Commission has coordinated the Intertribal POW WOW at Waterloo since inception. AIAC was created by a State Of Alabama Legislative Act. The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission (AIAC) represents more than 38,000 American Indian families who are residents of the State of Alabama.
The Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) is a non-profit, membership organization formed to support the creation, development, and interpretation of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail. Designated as a national historic trail by Congress in 1987, the Trail commemorates the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homelands in the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) in 1838 - 1839. In 1993, the Association entered into a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) to promote and engage in the protection and preservation of Trail of Tears National Historic Trail resources; to promote awareness of the Trail's legacy, including the effects of the U.S. Government's Indian Removal Policy on the Cherokees and other tribes (primarily the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee Creek, and Seminole); and to perpetuate the management and development techniques that are consistent with the National Park Service's trail plan.
North Alabama, also known as the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, formed in 1964 with the express purpose of developing North Alabama’s travel industry and marketing the region to the traveling public. We now serve sixteen counties with an ever-expanding membership base representing progressive travel-regulated businesses and associations as well as various levels of government.
Our hope is to expand on, and not duplicate, the objectives or efforts of local associations and organizations that represent specific industry components.
We all prosper by working together in a unified effort to promote the sixteen-county region’s natural, historic and man-made attractions.
To join us as a member, you must be located within our 16 counties. If you have questions please email
Explore our trails that will take you on a journey from the birth of the Singing River to the rhythms that fuel our soul.
Travel also the same ancient paths where the early Native American settlers carved out a thriving community imbued with their mystical culture. The Singing River influence their way of life just as it compelled William Christopher Handy to reproduce the sounds of our unique Southern Soul.
Stories of overcoming adversity abound throughout the Shoals, from enduring the battles of the Civil War era to the inspirational accomplishments of Helen Keller.
Today the “Shoals” area is includes Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield and Tuscumbia. Florence is the largest city in Lauderdale County. The small town flavor of our soul and the large city refinement are evident as your stroll through our charming historic districts, play 18 holes of world class golf, reel in a trophy size bass or indulge yourself in our tantalizing array of southern cuisine .
Ranked as the fifth safest place to live in the nation, The Shoals is perfect for your future vacation or retirement!
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism
200 Jim Spain Drive
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: 256-740-4141 Toll Free: 1-888-356-8687
Chickasaw Council House Museum The mission of the Chickasaw Nation Museums and Collections is to reclaim and preserve our past and to carry our heritage into the future by providing a means to educate the Chickasaw people and public.

Cherokee Heritage Center

For tickets and information contact: Group Sales 918-456-6007

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info: at James Gilliland
James Gilliland [] is the first and only flute maker to have a flute played in outer space. One of my river cane flutes was played on shuttle flight STS-113 and played aboard the space station. That flute was placed into the American Indian museum in Washington two weeks ago along with an Eagle feather that flew with it. I am attaching a copy of the Smithsonian news. The flutes will be 6 hole River Cane flutes and will be in the key of F#. The flutes will be concert tuned and lacquered. If you go to the Oregon Flute web page and go to near the bottom of the page you will see my flutes and my bio.

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