A Native American tribe who lived in the Southeast in the early nineteenth century; the Cherokees were known as one of the “civilized tribes” because they built schools and published a newspaper. In the 1830s, the United States government forcibly removed most of the tribe to reservations west of the Mississippi River. (See Trail of Tears.)
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How to use Cherokees in a sentence
The story goes on to marvel that “15 percent of the Cherokees built at the Ohio plant” are “destined for international markets.”
"You feel the fate of John Ross and the Cherokees," author Hampton Sides wrote of Hicks' "probing, eloquent" history.
Young Cherokees, stolen away from their nation to be in at the death of the white race in Virginia, were present without leaders.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
From the most remote times, the Cherokees have had one family set apart for the priestly office.The Myths of the New World | Daniel G. Brinton
Tch-ee, called Dutch; first War-chief of the Cherokees; a fine-looking fellow, with a turbaned head.
Among the neighboring Cherokees, was one named Silouee, celebrated as a chief and pow-wow, or medicine man.The Indian: On the Battle-Field and in the Wigwam | John Frost
With the Cherokees, for example, the seventh son of a family was usually marked out as a suitable person for the priesthood.The Myths of the North American Indians | Lewis Spence