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  • We  have been in this land   since   10,000 B.C
  • This is our   heritage . We must preserve it. 
  • Indian  Removal  Act
  • We have been in this land since 10,000 B.C
  • The Cherokee tribe lived in the mountains of North Carolina since 10,000 B.C. their, they lived in towns that consisted of a meeting house, and up to 30 Individual log homes with a small hole in the roof for smoke. These towns where painted either white for a peaceful town, or red for a town with a war chief (Brittanica). 
  • Indian Territory
  • In the fertile rich land on which they lived on, Cherokees planted the "three sisters" which where corn, beans, and squash. the Natives also fished for salmon, hunted elk, made pottery, wove baskets, and created woven rugs. They also held an end of Harvest celebration known as Busk, or the green corn festival. The Cherokee's also believed that they must only take what they needed from the land. This was why the land was so abundant (Brittanica). 
  • Peace   Treaties
  • However, Americans wanted the fertile soil and resources to help the economy. Farmers wanted the soil to grow cotton, and many wanted to mine for gold and other resources. The Americans wanted to kick the Natives out of their lands by passing the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
  • The Indian Removal Act has been enacted by majority opinion. 
  • The Indian Removal act gave the government the ability to force Natives out of their lands to lands west of the Mississippi. These lands are in present day Oklahoma, and were known as Indian territory. Indian Territory was protected by the government from settlers, and white culture (Pearson).  
  • The Natives, who did not want their land taken from them, claimed that the United States was violating their treaties that promised protection from white society. They also claimed that they were there first, and did not have to move because of the wills of another group. The Supreme court agreed with this, and claimed that treaties where the supreme law of the land. 
  • Despite Native American attempts at fighting the Indian Removal act, in December 6, 1830, Congress voted for the act. However, the Natives where outnumbered in votes by the land hungry Americans, and where not allowed a voice. In addition, President Jackson used prejudices against Native Americans saying that they were savages and dangerous. This made many fear the Natives and vote for the act (Zinn)
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