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Major Ridgeof the "Treaty Party".
With the landslide reelection of Andrew Jackson insome of the most strident Cherokee opponents of removal began to rethink their positions. The Ridge Party believed that it was in the best interest of the Cherokee to get favorable terms from the U. John Ridge began unauthorized talks with the Jackson administration in the late s.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of the Cherokee removal, the state of Georgia began holding lotteries in order to divide up the Cherokee tribal lands among white Georgians.
However, Principal Chief John Ross and the majority of the Cherokee people remained adamantly opposed to removal. Chief Ross canceled the tribal elections inthe Council threatened to impeach the Ridges, and a prominent member of the Treaty Party John Walker, Jr.
The Ridges responded by eventually forming their own Deportation nation, representing only a fraction of the Cherokee people. This split the Cherokee Nation into two factions: Hickswho had briefly succeeded his brother Charles R. John Ross states in his letter to congress, "By the stipulations of this instrument, we are despoiled of our private possessions, the indefeasible property of individuals.
We are stripped of every attribute of freedom and eligibility for legal self-defence. Our property may be plundered before our eyes; violence may be committed on our persons; even our lives may be taken away, and there is none to regard our complaints.
We are denationalized; we are disfranchised. We are Deportation nation of membership in the human family! We have neither land nor home, nor resting place that can be called our own.
And this is effected by the provisions of a compact which assumes the venerated, the sacred appellation of treaty. Our hearts are sickened, our utterance is paralyzed, when we reflect on the condition in which we are placed, by the audacious practices of unprincipled men, who have managed their stratagems with so much dexterity as to impose on the Government of the United States, in the face of our earnest, solemn, and reiterated protestations.
Schermerhorn as a treaty commissioner. Chief Ross, attempting to bridge the gap between his administration and the Ridge Party, traveled to Washington with a party that included John Ridge and Stand Watie to open new negotiations, but they were turned away and told to deal with Schermerhorn.
Meanwhile, Schermerhorn organized a meeting with the pro-removal council members at New EchotaGeorgia. John Ridge and Stand Watie signed the treaty when it was brought to Washington.
Chief Ross, as expected, refused. This treaty gave up all the Cherokee land east of the Mississippi in return for five million dollars to be disbursed on a per capita basis, an additional half-million dollars for educational funds, title in perpetuity to an amount of land in Indian Territory equal to that given up, and full compensation for all property left in the East.
There was also a clause in the treaty as signed allowing Cherokee who so desired to remain and become citizens of the states in which they resided on acres 0.
Despite the protests by the Cherokee National Council and principal Chief Ross that the document was a fraud, Congress ratified the treaty on May 23,by just one vote. Removal process[ edit ] The process of Cherokee removal took place in three stages.
It began with the voluntary removal of those in favor of the treaty, who were willing to accept government support and move west on their own in the two years after the signing of the Treaty of New Echota in Most of the Cherokee, including Chief John Rosswere outraged and unwilling to move, and they reacted with opposition.
They did not believe the government would take any action against them if they elected to stay. The Cherokee were herded violently into internment camps, where they were kept for the summer of The actual transportation west was delayed by intense heat and drought, but in the fall, the Cherokee reluctantly agreed to transport themselves west under the supervision of Chief Ross in the reluctant removal stage.
Wool to begin the process of rounding up all those who would accept government provisions and prepare them for removal. Upon arrival, the staunch opposition to the treaty was evident to General Wool as the provisions were rejected by nearly all that he came in contact with, and it seemed that no one would voluntarily remove themselves.
Due to the staunch opposition, preparations did not begin for several months, which greatly frustrated General Wool, who reported that the Indians were "almost universally opposed to the treaty.
The treaty party called a meeting of the Cherokee on September 12, to do just that, but the meeting was canceled due to John Ross's subsequent call for another meeting that opposed the goals of the first in every way. Ross urged the people to continue to reject any government handout, stressing that the acceptance of any such gift also meant the acceptance of the treaty terms.
Seeing that all efforts to sway their brethren were fruitless, a number of Cherokee mostly members of the Ridge faction ceased their delay and accepted government funds for subsistence and transportation. An approximate total of 10, Cherokee voluntarily removed themselves to the west, leaving around 1, of their brethren behind, who continued their opposition.
Many travelled as individuals or families, but there were several organized groups: Cannon, Conductor; overland; persons 15 deaths ; left Oct.
John Huss, Conductor, overland; 74 persons; left Nov.Cherokee removal, part of the Trail of Tears, refers to the forced relocation between and of the Cherokee Nation from their lands in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Alabama to the Indian Territory (present day Oklahoma) in the then Western United States, and the resultant deaths along the way and at the end of the movement of an estimated Cherokee.
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