Essay about Repression of the Native American Society

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Intro: Ever since the first white settlers arrived at America in 1492, the Native American population has been seen as a minority. People who weren’t as good as the new “white” settlers and unfit to live the new found land of America. As America expanded westward with the Louisiana Purchase and war with Mexico that ceded the south west to the U.S. as a result of the treaty of the 1803 Guadaplupe-Hildago Treaty, white settlers continued to move westward. They found rich fertile land, but there was a problem. The land they so desperately wanted was already occupied by Native Americans. The stage was set of inevitable conflict as a full out war between the U.S. government and natives then ensued. Some tribes fought back, like the Sauk, Fox, …show more content…

While the Chicksaw Indians were being forcibly removed by soldiers from orders by Jackson in 1832, the Cherokee took one final stand by appealing to the U.S. government for the rights to their land and recieve just treatment through the U.S. legal system. “Chief Justice Marshall refused to rule on the first case the Cherokee brouht against the state of Georgia, though, because in his view the Cherokee Nation had no federal standing; it was neither a foreign nation nor a state, but rather a “domestic dependent nation.” (The Americans 228) But the Cherokee would not In Worchester v. Georgia (1832) the Cherokee nation won recognition as a distinct political community and granted the rights to their land by the Supreme Court. Finally the Cherokee had believed that they had won. They thought that no Georgian settler could take their land from them. But President Jackson had it in his mind that the Cherokee were the last thing that kept him from his dream of what America would be. A land for and ruled by the white population. Jackson ignored the court ruling, saying, “John Marshall had made his decision; now let him enforce it.” (The Americans, 228). But the Judiciary branch was not put in place to carry out laws, simply to just interpret them. In 1835, the Treaty of New Echota was signed, declaring the the last 8 million acres of Cherokee land would be given to the federal government in exchange for 5 million dollars and land in

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