Over the years, Wrone said he’s read more than 40 history books used in schools, and not one mentions the atrocities against Native Americans. “Once in a while they’d give a sentence on Cherokee removal, but never really explained what happened. So I went to the original sources, and there we found the reality,” he said. Wrone said it is important for us to remember these deeds to ensure they don’t happen again. “It is important for us to remember this is a part of our heritage as Americans and that we have this (in our history). It’s not just one institution, it was many institutions involved here – including religious, civilian and military – and that we have that element in us. We have to know it exists in order to define and prepare ourselves better for the future. We have to be honest,” he said.