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Cherokee Phoenix
Wednesday June 25, 1828
Vol. I, No. 18
Page 1, col. 1b

LAWS
OF THE CHEROKEE NATION.

 Resolved by the National Committee and Council, that the Principal Chiefs of the Cherokee Nation, the members of the National committee, the members of council, the judges of the several courts, and all other officers of the Nation, likewise the Jurymen before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, shall take an oath before some authorized person to serve and discharge their duties faithfully and impartially to the best of their abilities.
 New Echota, Oct. 13, 1826.
  JNO ROSS, Pres't Nat. Com.
  MAJOR RIDGE, Speaker.
 Approved,
  CHARLES R. HICKS.
A. M'COY, Clerk N. Com.
 E. BOUDINOTT, Clerk N. Council,
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 Resolved by the National Committee and Council, That no person who disbelieves in the existence of the Creator, and of rewards and punishments after death shall be eligible to hold any office under the Government of the Cherokee Nation or be allowed the privilege of their testimony in any Court of Justice.
  New Echota, Oct. 13, 1826
JOHN ROSS, Pres't N. Com.
MAJOR RIDGE, Speaker.
 Approved-CHARLES HICKS.
 A.M'COY. Clerk N. Com.
 E. BOUDINOTT, Clerk of N. Council.
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 Resolved by the National Committee and council, That Mr. Charles R. Hicks, one of the principal Chiefs be and he is hereby authorized to administer the oath of office to the members of the National Committee, the members of Council, and the several Circuit Judges of the Nation, and that the President of the National Committee be and he is hereby authorized to administer the oath of office to the two principal Chiefs; and the circuit Judges to administer the oath of office to all other officers within their respective districts.
 New Echota, Oct. 14, 1826.
  JNO. ROSS, Pres't N. com.
  MAJOR RIDGE, Speaker.
 Approved-CHARLES HICKS.
 A. M'COY, Clerk of the N. Com.
 E. BOUDINOTT, Clk. N. Com.
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 Resolved by the National Committee and Council, That a child under the age of twelve years, whose tender age renders it improbable that he or she should be impressed with a proper sense of moral obligation or of sufficient capacity, deliberately to have committed an offence, shall not be considered, or found guilty of any crime or misdemeanor; nor a lunatic or a person insane without lucid intervals, shall be found guilty of any crime with which he or she may be charged; Provided the act so charged as criminal shall have been committed in the condition of such lunacy or insanity; Be it further resolved that an idiot shall not be found guilty or punished for any crime or misdemeanor with which he or she may be charged; Be it also further resolved that any person counseling, advising, or encouraging a child under the age of twelve years, or a lunatic, of an idiot to commit an offence, shall be prosecuted for such offence when committed as principal, and if found guilty shall suffer the same punishment as would have been inflicted on said child, lunatic or idiot, if he or she had possessed discretion, and had been guilty.
 New Echota, Oct. 14, 1826.
  JNO. ROSS, Pres't N. Com.
  MAJOR RIDGE, Speaker.
 Approved-CHARLES R,. HICKS.
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A. M'COY, Clerk N. Com.
 E. BOUDINOTT, Clerk N. Coun.