Cherokee Phoenix


Published July, 9, 1831

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The following gratifying news of Treaties of Peace and Friendship having been recently concluded between some of the principal Indian tribes, on our western frontier has been politely furnished us by gentlemen who left Cantonment Gibson a few days ago. We sincerely hope they may be permanent.

A meeting of the Chiefs and principle men of three Indian tribes, viz: Cherokee, Creeks, and Osages took place at Cantonment Gibson on the 5th inst. where they remained in Council 14 days. During that period there were two Treaties of Peace and Amity entered into- one between the Creeks and Osages- and the other between the Cherokees and Osages.

The difference which had, for a short time past, existed between the Creeks and Osages, on account of stolen property was easily and amicable settled. But the dispute between the Cherokees and Osages was of long standing and extremely difficult of adjustment to the satisfaction of both parties. During the first 8 or 10 days of the meeting (it being the time which was occupied by the Creeks and Osages in forming their Treaty) the Cherokees and Osages manifested no small degree of hostile feeling toward each other, and serious apprehensions were entertained that mischief might be occasioned by some of them before the adjournment of the Council. But, fortunately for both parties, they were finally induced to relinquish the claims that each set up against the other for lives taken of either tribe, and to agree on the terms for a treaty of Peace and Amity between the two Nations. After the signing of the Treaty, the individuals of both tribes mingled promiscuously together, shook each other cordially by the hand, and separated for their respective homes in apparent friendship.

Great credit is due to Col. Arbuckle, Commanding Officer at Cantonment Gibson; Mr. Vishon, Agent for the Cherokees; Mr. P.L. Choteau, Agent to the Osages, and Messrs. Pryor and McNair, Sub-Agents to the same tribe, for the zeal displayed by them, respectively, in bringing about a reconciliation between the last mentioned two tribes.

The Creek Agent, Mr. Campbell, was not present, not having returned from Washington. The Creeks were headed in Council, by their War Chief, Chilly McIntosh, to whom much credit is due for the prudent and firm course which he pursued during the Council.

A number of horses which had been stolen by the Osages, were given up, after the Treaty to the Creeks, Delawares, and Shawnees.-----Gaz.