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Student research regarding the lead up to Indian Removal to be presented at annual forum

Washburn University student Jessa Jurgens, of Dodge City, will give the oral presentation, "The Relationship between Cherokees and Whites leading up to Indian Removal," at The Washburn Apeiron: A Forum of Student Research, Scholarship and Creativity on Friday, April 18.

Jurgens is a senior and is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in history.

For the project, she investigated the evolution of tension between the Cherokee Nation and the white settlers in Georgia prior to the Trail of Tears, focusing on land disputes and competition for goods between the two populations. She developed the argument the forced removal of the Native Americans was spurred by the desire to acquire the Cherokee land and not the discovery of gold in the area.

This presentation will fulfill a portion of the Washburn Transformational Experience opportunity, for which Jurgens must demonstrate excellence in scholarly and creative activity, community service, leadership or international education. The WTE was established to provide baccalaureate students with the opportunity to make a difference to others or society through enhanced learning designed to complement traditional college studies.

The Apeiron allows students from all disciplines to present their work in an environment that closely resembles the professional conferences and performance venues of their chosen area of study.  Seventy-one students are participating in the forum and entries include poster presentations, oral presentations, exhibitions and performances. To learn more, please visit   


Dena Anson, unviersity relations, 785.670.1711