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As will be seen under the proper head, the joint committee on the State of the Republic, have begun to report their proceedings. The first report they have made is, on the exercise of assumed and arbitrary power by the Cherokee Indians. With the report a bill is introduced, the provisions of which are:
The 1st section forbids any person or persons, warriors, or chiefs of the Cherokee tribe of Indians, to cause the meeting of any Council or other legislative body of said Indians. The penalty for the offence is confinement in the Penitentiary for four years.
The 2d section forbids any person or persons to meet in council, assembly convention, etc., for the purpose of making laws, orders, or regulations for said tribe. The penalty for the offence is confinement in the Penitentiary for four years.
The 3d section forbids any person or persons to hold courts for the purpose of hearing and determining causes, issue, process, etc. Penalty, four years confinement in the Penitentiary.
The 4th section forbids any ministerial officer to execute any precept from any court in the Cherokee tribe, etc. Penalty, fine and imprisonment in the jail or in the Penitentiary not longer than four years.
The 5th section makes it a penalty of four years confinement in the Penitentiary, for any person to confiscate, the property of any Indian in consequence of his enrolling for emigration, or offering to enrol for emigration, etc.
The 6th section allows the headmen or chiefs of the Cherokees to meet any agent or commissioner of this State, or of the United States, for any purpose whatever. S. Rec.