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Native American Serves as 'Trail of Tears' Guide

Northlake Herald-Journal (Glenview, IL) , December 1, 2004


Mark Kater, resident storyteller at North Park Village Nature Center in Chicago, found out about his Cherokee heritage only as an adult.

"When I was growing up, I liked to play cowboys and Indians," adding he mostly enjoyed being an Indian.

He had heard his family talk about native American heritage being in their background. In his 40s, "I thought I'm interested in pursuing it."

He talked to his father living in New Mexico. "He said, 'Your grandmother was Cherokee.' I said, 'How come I didn't know?'"

Kater tracked down his heritage and that of all Cherokees, that of the Trail of Tears.

Subjects Covered: diversity training, education, personal storytelling

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