Billboard #1 Hits: #256: “Indian Reservation [ The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian}- Paul Revere & The Raiders. July 24, 1971. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Indian Reservation [The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian }- Paul Revere & The Raiders.
- Record Company- Columbia
- Genre: Rock
- Written by John D. Loudermilk
- Time: 2:55
- B-side:”Terry’s Tune”
- Album- Indian Reservation
- Grade: B
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
When Casey Kasem, host of the popular radio show American Top 40 asked John D. Loudermilk about writing this song, Loudermilk embellished a story about meeting a Cherokee Indian named Bloody Bear Tooth who told him about the plight of his people. Kasem repeated the story on his show, giving the song an intriguing but false backstory.
The song is about the plight of the Cherokee Indians, who in 1791 were displaced from their home in Georgia to a reservation in Oklahoma. Raiders frontman Mark Lindsay, whose ancestry was part Indian, thought that this would be a good song to record. >>