Vice President laid before the Senate a memorial from a Delegation of the Creek Nation of Indians, complaining that certain acts of the State of Alabama are in violation of the rights and immunities guaranteed to their nation by treaty stipulations with the United States and praying for relief.
M'Kinley moved that it be referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs: but
Forsyth objected to its reference before it was printed, and before it was ascertained that the petitioners were really authorized delegates from their tribe: and at his suggestion the memorial was laid on the table, being also ordered to be printed.
February, 11, 1830.
The resolution offered by Mr. Foot to inquire if any further provision be necessary to prevent encroachments upon lands belonging to, or in possession of, any Indians, or Indian tribes, whether guaranteed to them by treaty, or in which the Indian title has not been extinguished, was taken up. Considerable debate took place on this resolution, in the course of which, Mr. FORSYTH moved to lay it on the table; which was negatived by yeas, and nays, 13 to 27, as follows:
YEAS-Messrs. Adams, Brown, Ellis, Forsyth, Grundy, Iredell, Kane, King, McKinley, Rowan, Smith, of S.C. Tasewell, White.-13
NAYS-Messrs. Barnard, Barton, Bell, Burnet, Chambers, Clayton, Dickerson, Dudley, Foot, Frelinghuysen, Hendricks, Holmes, Johnson, Knight, Livingston, McLean, Marks, Naudan, Robbins, Ruggles, Sanford, Seymour; Silsbee, Sprague, Tyler, Willey, Woodbury.-27
House of Representatives.
The SPEAKER presented the Memorial of a Deputation of Chiefs of the Creek Nation.
[The object of this Memorial is to invoke the protection of Congress for the Creeks against the Laws which the State of Alabama proposes to extend over them.]
Wilde, moved to lay it on the table, and to print it.
Mr. Storrs called for the reading of it.
It having been partly read, Mr.Storrs, assented to the suspension of the further reading.
Clay moved to refer the Memorial to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Wilde objected to this reference on the ground that the subject belonged, under the circumstances, to the Executive, and also that the course was unprecedented. He thought it would be better to have it laid on the table for one day at least, that the members might have an opportunity to examine it.
Clay then withdrew his motion, and said, he preferred that it would be laid on the table.
Taylor said there were numberless precedents showing that the course had been to refer such documents to the Committee on Indian Affairs.
The Memorial was then laid on the table and ordered to be printed.