Indian Removal Act I

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  • We need the native's land to save the economy and expand. Let's kick them out!
  • They should have a choice. If we kick them out they will lose their culture.
  • Many Indians were living in peace before the act. These tribes included the Seminoles, Creeks, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Chickasaw Indians. Everyone pitched in and did chores such as growing crops or raising animals They ranged from Florida to Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama.
  • You need to sign this and agree to move west of the Mississippi River.
  • NO!
  • Some presidents that wanted the Indians gone were Van Buren and Jackson. These presidents thought that the Indians should have no choice in the matter and should just be banished without a say. They were for the Indian Removal Act. They wanted the land because there was gold, good soil, and could help expand to the west.
  • It has been decided that Georgia has the right to all of its land currently occupied by Native Americans.
  • This being said, Jefferson and Monroe thought that the Indians should have a choice to leave. They were against the Indian Removal Act. The presidents disagreeing starts shining light on the nation’s disagreements as well (Davidson).
  • Actually, there is a treaty granting the Indians their land so if we break it that would be unconstitutional.
  • Georgia was the first to take action. They passed a law stating Cherokee Indians living there must vacate. This brought up two court cases. The first was Cherokee nation vs. Georgia. The second was Worcester vs. Georgia.
  • The first case, Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia ruled in favor of Georgia. It stated that Georgia had control over the Indians and if they said the Indians had to leave, the Indians must listen.
  • Worcester vs Georgia ruled in favor of Worcester. The ruling stated that because there was a treaty stating the Indians get some land they could keep it. The Constitution refers to treaties as the supreme law of the land. This decision enraged Jackson and not long after, he released the Indian Removal Act.
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