Cherokee nation vs. Georgia pt1

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  • The Cherokee nation resided peacefully in the state of Georgia.
  • In 1828 the state of Georgia passed a series of laws stripping the Cherokee nation of their rights. These laws also ordered removal of Cherokees from the lands that the state was after.
  • After citing negotiated treaties saying that the Cherokee nation was an independent one, and saying that the didn't need to obey the rules or leave, and after failed negotiations with Andrew Jackson, the Cherokees sought an injunction at the supreme court against Georgia. They were under the leadership of John Ross.
  • The Supreme Court ruled that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear the case because the Indians were both a foreign nation and one within the US. Basically they were independent, but they depended on the nation to much to be considered independent. The court ruled they couldn't consider Indian nation as independent nations so they couldn't hear the case.
  • in 1830 Georgia passed a law requiring citizens to have obtain a license to live inside the Cherokee nation. Missionaries living there refused to obtain such a license. They were locked up.
  • On review of this case, The court ruled that because the Cherokee nation was a sperate political entity, Gerorgia could not enforce their liscense rules and should overturn them.
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