Cherokee Phoenix


Published February, 18, 1832

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Sec. 1 The civil and criminal Jurisdiction of the State is extended over all Indian territory within the same.

Sec. 2. The Commissioners of Roads 'c. in each county where Indians inhabit territory are authorized to establish such roads, ferries, and bridges as they may think proper.

Sec. 3. This act is not to be constructed to compel the Indians to muster or pay taxes.

Sec. 4. Indians shall have the same privilege of perpetuating testimony, recording wills and deeds, with the testimony of such persons, as white persons have.

Sec. 5. White persons, in the Indian territory shall be governed by the laws now in force for the government of whites.

Sec. 6. All laws and usages of the Creek and Cherokee Indians, within this State, contrary to our Constitution or Laws, are abolished.

Sec. 7. Any Indian, meeting in council and passing such laws, shall be imprisoned in the county jail not less than two no more than four months.

Sec. 8. It shall be lawful for any chief or other Indian to meet any agent of the United States or of this State, for any purpose. Any person attempting to prevent such meeting on the part of the Indians, shall on conviction before the circuit court be imprisoned three months.

Sec. 9. In all suits brought against Indians on contacts hereafter made, for money or property, the consideration shall be proved by two credible witnesses.

Sec. 10. Any person confiscating the property of any one (or attempting it) for such persons enrolling for emigration (or attempting it) shall be imprisoned in the country jail not less than 2 nor more than 4 months.

Sec. 11. The Governor to have 200 copies of this act printed and distributed amongst each of the Indian tribes.

Sec. 12. Judges of circuit Courts, in counties where there are Indian tribes, to give this act in charge to grand juries.

Sec. 13. To take effect from its passage.

Sec. 14. Contracts freely made, whereby any white person shall purchase an improvement or claim of any Indian, or any of the unceded territory of this state, and receive possession, shall be obligatory, if the same be made in presence of one respectable free white person, and reduced to writing, stating the terms the contract, and if a valuable consideration be paid. Approved Jan. 16, 1732(sic) (This date should be 1832).