Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama, above, and several other national wildlife refuges are situated roughly along the Trail of Tears. In the 1830s, the U.S. government forced tens of thousands of Native Americans to move along that route from their ancestral homes in the Southeast to present-day Oklahoma. Many died along the way. The refuge terrain along the trail today embodies the natural landscape they encountered. We honor the tribespeople in this week’s story.
(Photo: Sandhill cranes by George Lee)