New Echota: Cherokee National Capital

New Echota Cherokee National CapitalYear Erected: 1952

Marker Text: The sprawling town of New Town which had stood here since 1819 was designated the seat of government for the new Cherokee Nation in a legislative act of 1825 and it was renamed New Echota for a former principal town in Tennessee. In its short history New Echota was the site of the first Indian language newspaper office, a court case which carried to the U.S. Supreme Court, one of the earliest experiments in national self-government for an Indian tribe, the signing of a treaty which relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi, and the assembly of Indians for removal west.

Tips for Finding This Site: At New Echota State Historic Site near Calhoun, Ga on Ga 225