Cherokee Phoenix


Published July, 24, 1830

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We recommend to the attentive reader the foregoing address of the 'Committee and Council' to the people of the United States. It is respectfully requested that every person into whose hands this sheet may fall, after carefully perusing it, will hand it to his neighbors.

That a document of the nature of the one now presented to the American public was called for by the peculiar circumstances of the times, no one will doubt. Every man must know, who has watched the progress of the Indian question during the last six months, ' who has been familiar with the doings of the Congress of the United States respecting the Cherokees and other tribes, and the proceedings of the state of Georgia, that by the refusal of the former to protect and the extension of the jurisdiction of the latter over them, they are placed under new and very trying circumstances, and, that their views, feelings, and the course they have determined to pursue should be speedily made known to the world. Their views are fully expressed in the address, which, after a most attentive observation, we can freely testify, contains the sentiments of the nation at large. Indeed we have never known the people so firm and united as at the present time.- Their eyes are turned, not to the western country, but to that period when, by the judicial decision of the Courts of the United States, they must be either satisfied that they have rights, or that they have none. They intend to wait for that time. It is therefore considered by them perfectly idle to talk about exchanging countries, or entering into treaties, while the great question remains unsettled. If we are removed, say they, by the United States, from our land and possessions, we wish to leave in the records of her judicial tribunals, for future generations to read, when we are gone, ample testimony that she acted justly or unjustly. The reasonableness of this determination must appear evident to every mind.

The Cherokee think they have rights, secured to them under their various treaties and the laws of the United States. This opinion has never been shaken by all that the General Government has done and the proceedings and oppressive laws of the state of Georgia. Their views in regard to their rights for which they have so strenuously contended, are supported by some of the ablest lawyers of the United States. Of this we have the most ample evidence. And now that protection is withheld, and license given for the abrogation of those laws and treaties by State legislation, what must be done? Surely the Supreme Court of the United States is a proper tribunal where the great question at _____ must be settled. To this tribunal the Cherokee still freely refer their (cause?)