Cherokee Phoenix

New Echota

Published April, 17, 1828

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New Echota:

Thursday April 17, 1828


'A Friend' has been received and will be inserted in our next.



We notice the following in the N. Y Advertiser. 'A second Indian newspaper, is stated in the Philadelphia Democratic Press, to be published under the patronage of the Cherokee Nation. It is to be printed at Columbus, on the Chatahouchee river in Georgia, under the title of the 'Columbus Enquirer.'

The above is altogether a mistake, which probably originated from the establishment of the Cherokee Phoenix, the only Indian paper, we believe, in existence.- At present, Georgia would be quite an unfavorable place for publishing an Indian paper.


From what has taken place between the Cherokees and the State of Georgia, and the frequent hostile feelings expressed by the leading men of the latter, it cannot otherwise be expected but that there should be considerable prejudice and animosity of feeling existing on both sides. It is even thought by some of our Citizens that a Georgian must necessarily be an enemy to Indians. This is a great mistake, which it is our wish to do away. It is true that the proceedings of the Legislature of the State towards us, have been far from being Christian and friendly, yet this does by no means shew [sic], that all the private citizens will deal with us in a similar manner. There are many who are real friends to the Indian; many whose friendship we greatly prize.- Among this number we include the writer of a letter, (with whom we have no personal acquaintance) of which the following is an extract.

'I pray God that your laudable exertions may be blessed by civilizing and evangelizing all such of your tribe as are yet in a state of ignorance, and that the influence of your paper may reach every tribe on this Continent. I hope ere long to see the Redeemer's standard hoisted and planted in the heart of every tribe and kindred in America-when all commotions and angry feeling shall be buried in oblivion, and all become the family of God, and enjoy the blessed communion of our Great Redeemer, without any distinction of name or sect.'

We add our hearty amen to the above.


Among the frequent notices of the fatal effects of intemperance, we have had occasion to lay before our readers two instances of murder in the neighborhood of Sumach. We have the mortification of increasing our list with two others. One not far from Sumach, another in Pine Log. The trial of one of them was to take place on the 12th inst. and the other was shot the day after the murder. We do not remember ever to have noticed so many instances of murder within so short a time. Such frequent cases speak a language, not to be misunderstood. to the dealers of ardent spirits.



Mr. BOUDINOTT: permit me, through the medium of your paper to suggest a plan for the edification of Cherokee congregations at mission stations, when no minister of the Gospel is present, or no interpreter. It is this. Let the best reader of Cherokee be selected, ' let him be requested, by the conductor of the meeting to make himself familiar beforehand with the chapter of the Bible, which is published in the number of the Phoenix last received, and with the remarks which accompany it, and in meeting read them to the congregation. I make this suggestion on the supposition that you may continue, as you have begun, to publish one chapter in each of your numbers.