him. A gentle breeze blows over John. He looks to the heavens.
John starts to move away. Suddenly an Owl flies from a high branch across the opening to a lower branch across the way.
John smiles with a renewed confidence and walks to his people.
JOHN ROSS (V.O.)
That day, I felt good about our people’s
future. But as our city began to build
they remembered the bitter past.
EXT. ELIAS BOUDINOT HOME - EARLY MORNING
A group of twenty Cherokee with red bandannas over their
faces ride to Elias Boudinot's house. They dismount and go
inside. The men drag him from his home. Elias is pushed to his knees and stabbed to death. They walk to their horses and ride away.
EXT. SHALLOW STREAM NEAR BOUDINOT HOME - MORNING
The masked group rides into the waterway just down from the crossing. They form a line across the stream. Five riflemen draw their rifles. The Ridge crosses the stream. He hears rifles cock and stops to look. A familiar voice is heard.
You are executed for forcing your
people on a bitter trail of tears.
The rifles are aimed at him. They all fire at the same time.
Ridge is hit five times in the head. He falls to the stream dead.
The mask vigilantes ride away.
EXT. UNDERTAKER'S ROOM OFF THE GENERAL STORE, TAHLEQUAH - DAY