By Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - A group of Cherokee Indians who retraced on bike the forced removal their ancestors experienced more than 100 years ago are expected to end their journey on Thursday.

The bike riders will have traveled nearly 1,000 miles since they started the journey June 1 in New Echota, Georgia. The group traveled through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. They are expected to end in Tahlequah, which is the headquarters of the Cherokee Nation.

A ceremony to celebrate the riders return is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and other officials are expected at the event.

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