the history of the ride

2006 & 2007

‍new world record
historic marker

As the lists of accomplishments continues to grow thanks to our supporters. The major accomplishment for this years is the continued development of the Riverwalk at Waterloo. Our goal is to have a permanent reminder of the atrocities that took place against the Native American people.

The pictures at left show not only the progress that has been made, but also the immensity of the undertaking. Many of our fellow riders and supporters will have their name permanently engraved in the bricks that surround the monument, signs, and walkways. Their support of the five tribes will forever be noted. If you would like to be a part of history you may have your name or that of a loved one or your organization engraved in one of the bricks, please visit our Riverwalk page under the 'preservation tab on the menu to learn how.

Thanks to Greg Bass for constructing the Donations Pipe and Mayor Jerry McIntire for installing and painting it.

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A $5,000 scholarship was donated jointly by the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission and the Alabama-Tennessee Trail of Tears Corridor Association to the Miss Indian Alabama Winner, Megan Rolin.

Any group or organization wishing to have Miss Indian Alabama participate in their activities or anyone desiring to participate in the annual awards may contact the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission at 800-436-8261 or e-mail The Alabama Indian Affairs Commission

‍the numbers

Some estimates of the Ride attendance was over 150,000 Motorcycles with approximately 200,000, in the town of Waterloo. Law enforcement officials report over 50 miles of motorcycles.

'FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2007 U.S. Space & Rocket Center Space Camp selects the 2007 Scholarship Winner claire Chestnut of Centre, Alabama this year's Trail of Tears Space Camp scholarship winner.'

Space Camp is the premiere immersive, educational experience for young people 7-18 years of age. It has fostered national and international outreach programs which in addition to Space Camp includes Space Academy (1984), Advanced Space Academy (1997), Aviation Challenge (1990). The U.S. Space & Rocket Center was established in 1965 by the State of Alabama, empowered by the U.S. Congress and supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the nation's leading hands-on space science museum. More information can be found at

# # # # # (Note: For additional information, contact Jennifer Covington, Marketing, Business Development, U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL. 256-864-7836 or

The scholarships were increased to $30,000 for Alabama students and $30,000 for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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