Billboard Top 40 Hits 1971: ‘ #67: ‘Indian Reservation [ The Lament Of The Cherokee Indian]- The Raiders. April 10, 1971.
- Single: ‘Indian Reservation [The Lament Of The Cherokee Indian]- 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
The first version of ‘Indian Reservation’ was released as a single in 1968 by Don Fardon and it reached #20 in the US and #3 in the UK.
Paul Revere and The Raiders had 24 Hot 100 singles between 1961-73 with 15 making the Top 40. ‘Indian Reservation’ was their biggest hit.
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.