Martin Methodist to Present “Tale of Two Trails”
Martin Methodist College (MMC) is privileged to welcome former Chief Justice of the Cherokee Nation Troy Poteete back to campus for a second storytelling presentation, “Tale of Two Trails,” which will celebrate Giles County’s deep roots in Native American history, with a special emphasis on the Trail of Tears. The presentation, made possible with the help of the Tennessee Arts Commission, will be on Monday, September 9 from 11-11:50 a.m. at the Gault Recital Hall on MMC’s Campus.
Justice Poteete holds a J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law and was appointed to the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court in 2007. He served two four-year terms in the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council in the 1990s and was a founding member of the Trail of Tears Association until 2014. He is currently Executive Director of the National Trail of Tears Association. A seasoned storyteller, Justice Poteete telling true tales drawing on a rich family history in the South of the Cherokee Nation and a lifetime of service in the Cherokee Nation government.
Justice Poteete will share the rich tradition of the Cherokee people with MMC students, faculty, staff, and local and surrounding community members all ages through oral history and storytelling. He will speak about the Trail of Tears Interpretive Center of Pulaski, Tenn., which was erected at the only site in the United States where two major routes of the trail intersect.
“We are honored to have Justice Poteete share his wisdom with the MMC community,” said MMC Biology Professor Dr. Shanna Hanes. “I think it's important that we all learn about Pulaski's unique history with the Trail of Tears and understand how Native American culture still continues to shape our community today.”
Admission to the presentation is free for all, and the community is encouraged to attend.
Martin Methodist College, founded in 1870, is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Martin Methodist offers baccalaureate degrees in 39 programs of study that include English, religious studies, music and dramatic arts, mathematics and natural sciences to business, social sciences, education, criminal justice, and nursing. Still changing lives after 150 years.