Indian Removal Act

Indian Removal Act

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  • Treaties B/W U.S. and Tribes
  • Sounds good!
  • We can divide the land so that the Native Americans can form there own nation. 
  • Attempts to Assimilate
  • Cherokee Land is Found Valuable
  • Since this land is now valuable, we will settle here. 
  • I found gold!
  • The Natives signed a treaty giving them ownership of a large chunk of land. As long as they did not disturb the Americans, they were allowed to create their own nation with their own rules and live in peace. 
  • Indian Removal Act
  • I say we get rid of those savages!
  • Natives became more "civilized," acting more like the Americans. They created a representative government, became farmers, and dressed like them.
  • Worcester vs. Georgia Supreme Court Case
  • The court has ruled that the Cherokee are allowed to keep their land.
  • Gold is found on the Cherokee land causing Americans to want to settle there.
  • Trail of Tears and Indian Territory
  • Andrew Jackson proposes the Indian Removal Act to Congress. He says that they need to get the uncivilized savages off their land to prevent them further endangering the Americans. 
  • The Supreme Court ruled that the Cherokee had every right to stay in their land since they had signed a treaty with the Americans before.
  • The Native Americans were forced to move anyway. They were relocated to the Indian Territory which is part of Oklahoma (they lived everywhere except the panhandle). Many Native Americans died and those that survived lost everything. 
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