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Cherokee Phoenix and Indians' Advocate
Vol. 1 No. 49
Wednesday February 18, 1829
Pg. 2 Col. 5a

 

NATIONAL ACADEMY.

 Sometime ago we inserted a short notice as an advertisement, headed NEW ECHOTA ACADEMY.  From this circumstance some of our friends have fallen into an error, in supposing that the NATIONAL ACADEMY had commenced its operation.  The notice above referred to, was calculated to deceive those who knew that it had been the intention of the authorities of the nation to establish such an institution.

 A Seminary of a respectable grade, such as one as was contemplated to be established in this place, is very much needed among us.  We still hope that something will be done towards it.  If the interest of the avails of the reservation expressly devoted to the support of education among the Cherokees, and which will probably be sold next fall, was laid out in the establishment and support of the contemplated Academy, we believe it would meet the wish of the nation.  The nation has not otherwise any means of supporting it.- The power of applying the school fund in question, we believe is left, according to a treaty stipulation, with the President of the United States.  He will  no doubt be willing to gratify the wishes of his Cherokee children, more so as the funds properly belong to them.

 We consider it high time for this nation to do something for themselves in encouraging and supporting education .  We are glad, however, to testify to the public, that there is a commendable disposition in this respect in a large portion of our citizens.- The Cherokees as a nation have had sufficient time to learn and appreciate the advantages of knowledge; for what else distinguishes them from their brethren?  What but a larger share of information makes them more respected?  It becomes every citizen then, particularly every ruler, as a guardian of the nation's welfare, to do his utmost endeavor to forward education.  It is this which will ensure respect.  It is this which will preserve us from the common burial place of Indians-oblivion, in which many tribes are forgotten, & to which many would suppose us to be hastening.