Galen E. Gritts

About the Speaker

Galen E. Gritts has a degree in history from the University of Missouri, St. Louis and has completed twenty-three hours of graduate work in that same field. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a lifelong resident of Missouri. He has been active in researching the story of the Cherokee for decades.

Being Cherokee

This presentation provides a brief overview of American Indians and the story of the Cherokees up to the present day, explaining how they came to cross Missouri on the Trail of Tears.

The Trail of Tears

This presentation explains the myths associated with the relationship of Indians and whites and what led to the Trail of Tears through Missouri. The program concludes with telling the story of the Cherokees after this event to show how we have developed a collective amnesia about our own history.