Tenn. high school students shows Trail of Tears sign at football game vs. team called Indians

Officials say students at a Tennessee high school held up a sign reading "Trail of Tears" during a playoff football game against a team nicknamed the Indians last week.

The Dyersburg City School District released a statement Friday saying it does not condone the sign display at the Nov. 15 playoff game against North Side High School from Jackson.

The Jackson Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1dojQP2) photos of the sign appeared on multiple Facebook pages, including one linked to the Dyersburg High School football program.

In a separate incident, cheerleaders at an Alabama high school displayed a similar sign referencing the Trail of Tears at a game the same night.

The sign recalled the U.S. government's forced removal of more than 15,000 Native Americans from ancestral homes in the Southeast to what is now Oklahoma in 1838 and 1839.


Information from: The Jackson Sun, http://www.jacksonsun.com