Cherokee Phoenix


Published September, 10, 1831

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Messrs. J. B. Gardener, Special Commissioner, and John M'Elvain, of this town, Indian Agent, for this State, signed a treaty with the chiefs and warriors of the Seneca and Shawnee Band of Indians, on the Lewistown Reserve, in the county of Logan, on Wednesday, the 20th July. Forty thousand acres of land are acquired to the United States Government by this treaty, and the county of Logan is cleared of Indian title. The Indians received a tract of land of some greater extent west of Missouri and Arkansas, together with some other presents, and the expenses of their removal, which, it is expected the government will perform next summer. It appears that these Indians have examined the tract of country, which they are to receive, and are well pleased with it. Like the white pioneers, the first who remove will have the choice.- Ohio Monitor.

Speaking of the arrest of the Rev. Mr. Trott, the Methodist Missionary among the Cherokees, the Princeton Courier, indignantly asks: 'Is such an outrage on the rights of an unoffending citizen? Is such a violation of the Constitution of the U. States, to be tolerated? Are those directly implicated in this nefarious transaction to escape merited punishment? We should be glad to exculpate entirely, in this matter of Indian wrongs, and Indian oppressions, the Executive of the General Government, but we cannot.'---Polson


ST. LOUIS, Aug. 11

Horrible Indian Massacre.- The atrocious feelings, which the British band of the Sacs and Foxes have cherished against the whites of the Upper Mississippi broke out about a week ago in a most daring insult upon the authority of the United States, and the lives of other peaceable Indians. A band of Menominies, at Prairie du Chien, was attacked in the night, while asleep, under the very guns of the United States fort, and four and twenty were massacred on the spot! Ten more, who were wounded, escaped into the houses of the citizens of Prairie du Chien. Of the massacred, more than half were women and children. This atrocious act calls for vengeance. The outrage upon the United States, whose jurisdiction was violated, and the murder of twenty four human beings upon their soil, cannot go unpunished. The assassins will doubtless be demanded, and, if not given up, ought to be taken. The leaders of the massacre ought to be hung (sic) or pursued and killed in their dens.