Wednesday June 11, 1828
We learn from a letter addressed to a Gentleman of this place, by Mr. D. Brown who acted as Secretary to the Arkansas Cherokee Delegation, that a treaty of exchange of lands with the United States, was likely to take place. The United States proposes to give the Arkansas Cherokees ( we suppose for the lands now in their possession) seven millions of acres beyond the limits of Arkansas, and furthermore; offers inducements for the Cherokees in Georgia, to join their brethren in the West.
We are correctly informed that Bear's Paw's notice of whose trial we gave in one of our late numbers, has been acquited [sic].
Congress has ere this risen, and after carious motions and amendments offered in both houses, relating to the Indians, it appears nothing more has been done, than to appropriate money for the purpose of holding treaties with some of the tribes. Our readers know that the Cherokees are included. We may then expect to see Commissioners sent by our father the President of the United States. What their propositions will be appears evident to us, and the answer to those propositions cannot be mistaken by those who have properly learnt the feelings of our people on the subject of emigration. We calculate on a unanimous refusal of the Cherokees to accede to the proposals of the United States Commissioners. We care not, for ourselves, how often applications of removal are made to us, if at the same time we are left at liberty to choose for ourselves and to decide according to our best judgment. But it is very common that whenever Indians refuse to accept of the propositions of Commissioners, they are denounced as obstinate, and as offering contempt to their great Father.- We hope our Chiefs, in their next negotiations, will be permitted to act according to the dictates of their consciences, and to make such a decision as the good of the Cherokees may require.