The Cherokee used legal means in their attempt to safeguard their rights.
Although Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, and other senators spoke fervently against the treaty in the Senate, a two-thirds majority of 31 members voted for it and 15 against. But in the case of the Cherokees, their resistance and defeat were reflected as well in the rise and collapse of the extraordinary partnership between Ross and Ridge.
He became the Cherokee tribe's primary negotiator with officials in Washington, D.
Jackson's attitude toward Native Americans was paternalistic and patronizing -- he described them as children in need of guidance. Why should they be expelled from their lands when they no longer threatened white settlements and could compete with them on many levels?
McNamara is a history expert who has been writing for ThoughtCo since Thus, the creation of Indian jurisdictions was a violation of state sovereignty under Article IV, Section 3 of the Constitution.
Not too many years later, Elias Boudinot and John Ridge were slain with knives and tomahawks in the midst of their families, while Major Ridge was ambushed and shot to death. From toJackson was instrumental in negotiating nine out of eleven treaties which divested the southern tribes of their eastern lands in exchange for lands in the west.
Despite the obscene treatment accorded the Cherokees by the government, the tribe not only survived but endured.