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Cherokee Indians

            "The decision of the Jackson administration to remove the Cherokee Indians to lands west of the Mississippi River in the 1830's was more a reformulation of the national policy that had been in effect since the 1790's than a change in that policy." The dictum above is valid and can be easily proven by examining the administration of Jackson and comparing it to the traditional course which was passed for about 40 years. After 1825 the federal government attempted to remove all eastern Indians to the Great Plains area of the Far West. The Cherokee Indians of northwestern Georgia made up a constitution which said that the Cherokee Indians were sovereign and not subject to the laws of Georgia to protect them from removal . When the Cherokees sought help from the Congress that body only allotted lands in the West and urged them to move. The Supreme Court, however, in Worcester vs. Georgia, ruled that they constituted a "domestic dependent nation" not subject to the laws of Georgia. Jackson, who supported the frontiersman, was so outraged that he refused to enforce the decision. Instead he persuaded the tribe to give up its Georgia lands for a reservation west of the Mississippi. .
             In Document A, the map shows the relationship between time and the policies which affected the Indians. From the Colonial and Confederation treaties, a significant amount of land had been acquired from the Cherokee Indians. Successively, during Washington's, Monroe's, and Jefferson's administration, more and more Indian land was annexed. The administrations during the 1790's to the 1830's had continually acquired land from the Cherokee Indians. Jackson followed that precedent by the acquisition of more Cherokee lands. .

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