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The Cherokee Phoenix and Indian's Advocate
Vol. II, no. 26
Page 3, col. 1b

 We have heard that a letter lately received at Creek Path, from the Cherokee Nation west of the Mississippi, gives an account of a skirmish between a party of the Cherokees and the Pawnees.  It is said that five or six of the Cherokees were killed, and a number wounded.  The Pawnees did not lose as many lives.  It was supposed by our informant that the Cherokees were the aggressors, who no doubt were on a horse stealing expedition when they fell in with these American Arabs.  If let alone, we understand they are quite peaceable.  Such affairs no doubt would be more common if the tribes east of the Mississippi were removed.  If they could be induced to remain at peace with each other, yet with the other wandering tribes they would be at perpetual variance.  Having a boundless outlet west, the temptations to mischief, which the indiscreet and half civilized parties of the Cherokees and others would have to contend with, would be of no ordinary kind.  Let the advocates of Indian emigration reflect upon this. -- Perhaps it will be said, the strong arm of the Government will keep such persons within the bounds of good behavior.  We apprehend not, the Indians are jealous of their liberties, and they would view an armed force stationed near them to watch their movements, as an infringement on those liberties.  Where they are they are at peace with each other, and with the whites, and their locations render it improbably that they should be otherwise but friendly.  To remove we gain nothing, but risk much, perhaps all.