TOTRAI Board Of Directors
Ride Leader - Bill Cason
Ride Information - Jim Dunn 1-877-TOT-TRIP
Bill Cason has led the Trail of Tears Ride for Nineteen Years
(1994 - 2013)
Jim Dunn - President
Ken Markham - Vice-President
Ellen Pittman - Secretary
Bill Cason - Treasure
Sam Myers - Board Member
Charlie Peek - Board Member
Charlie Schaerer - Board Member
Doug Short - Board Member
Terry Sweet - Board Member
Photo Provided by Dee Dunn
From Left to Right,
Front Row: Ken Markham, Ellen Pittman, Charlie Schaerer,
Second Row: Bill Cason, Jim
Dunn, Sammy Myers, Charlie Peek
not pictured Doug Short and Terry Sweet
The Annual Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride began in 1994 by Bill Cason to mark one of the trails used during the 1838 removal of Native Americans from their homelands in the Southeast to Oklahoma. The ride started at Rossís Landing in Chattanooga, TN with eight riders and ended with 100 riders in Waterloo, AL. TOTRAI's ride has now grown to over 150,000 riders, making it the largest organized motorcycle ride in the world.
Mr. Cason, originator and leader of the Trail of Tears Motorcycle Ride for the past 19 years, has chosen the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association, Inc. (TOTRAI) to assist in the management of the event beginning in 2007 (The ride was previously sanctioned by the AL-TN Trail of Tears Corridor Association). The TOTRAI Board of Directors is made up of all volunteers from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, who have worked diligently over the years to make this ride a success. TOTRAI now proposes to assist the Five Civilized Tribes in the Southeast and Oklahoma through Native American scholarships and educating the public about the Trail of Tears Removal Act of 1838.
Native American scholarships, other educational activities, and expenses connected with the ride, are funded from the proceeds of merchandise acquisitions, donations from sponsors, and vendor fees from the powwow held at the end of the main ride from Chattanooga to McFarland Park in Florence, AL.
TOTRAI may install historical markers in the states through which it passes (Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Arkansas). Money may also be donated to colleges in these states for Native American scholarships. TOTRAI may also help other organizations to further educate and bring awareness of the Trail of Tears history.
Did You Know?
Three detachments of Cherokee people were removed from their homelands to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) along the water routes, while 11 detachments made their way overland along existing roads. The routes are part of the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior