Twelve University of North Carolina students are headed to Oklahoma, where they will live in the Cherokee nation.
The students are participating in a new American studies course called "Tribal Studies: The Cherokee Nation," which is a partnership between the Chapel Hill school and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla.
The students will live in Tahlequah staring Sunday through June 14. They will take classes such as Cherokee language and study contemporary Cherokee arts.
In 1838 and 1839, the U.S. government forced the Cherokee to abandon lands east of the Mississippi River and migrate to Oklahoma in a forced march known as the Trail of Tears. More than 4,000 of the 15,000 Cherokee died.