The Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) is a nonprofit, membership organization formed to support interpretation, development, and the creation . Designated as a national historical trail by Congress the Trail commemorates the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their homelands in the southeastern United States to Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in 1838 – 1839.
TOTA, a citizens’ organization of international and national members, has state chapters whereby the Trail traverses. These states are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. State chapters address the particular problems in every single state, including chapter organization, membership development as well as other attempts that help the National Park Service as well as the Organization in reaching their aims and targets.