This picture, The Trail of Tears, was painted by Robert Lindneux in 1942. It commemorates the suffering of the Cherokee people under forced removal.

Today Marks the 182nd Anniversary of the Indian Removal Act


On this day 182 years ago President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act. The legislation gave him the power to negotiate treaties with tribes living east of the Mississippi in exchange for lands to the west.

While the removal was supposed to be voluntary and peaceful, it was anything but for the tribes who didn't agree to the terms and conditions the government set forth. The act led to the forceful removal of the Cherokees from their lands east of the Mississippi to present-day Oklahoma, also known as the Trail of Tears, during which more than 4,000 Cherokees walked on.

The Indian Removal Act also led to the Second Seminole War, which lasted from 1835 to 1842, and cost the Jackson administration $40 million to $60 million.

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Submitted by husbandofmoonlight on
Unfortunately for the USA; the act mentioned above and the subsequent Supreme Court Ruling in 1836 FOR the Cherokee and the other tribes effected by the "forced removal ploicy"; along with the susequent Seven Major Crimes Act of 1883 reinforcing the duplicy that the USA has treated the Native American people with from the very inception of the USA----this has resulted in a "reputation" for "treachery" that the USA has lived up to---as they still have not complied with all of the conditons of other treaties such as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hildago---or with any of the treaties they signed with the Plaines Tribes-later--nor have they made the "reparations" they promised to North Vietnam--just less than 40 years ago-making the USA a "criminal nation"----how much longer the "world" is willing to tolerate the USA is beginning to become very clear: their "credit rating" has been reduced to that of several "third world nations"----and justifiably so; they do not keep their word----they are untrust worthy and a credit risk. In addition to that China just last week called the USA down on their former president's (GW Bush)and his cabinet's now very public "torture programs"---in direct violation of international laws and "treateis" that the USA has with other nations--- In additon one must consider that since the USA gained so much of its territory through "treaty negotiations" with the "previous inhabitants---(for at least 15K years)----then having "abrogated" (broken by alterations) those treaties with the passage of laws upon the tribes the treaties were with---makes "all Native Americans born after 1883 who are members of those tribes with treaties: "prisoners of war"---in their own country. This is a status designated by the Geneva Conventions and International Laws. The USA has a great "reconing, that is "long overdue"----but time will only tell when it will be called. For those who would like to read THE "undisputably factual information" on the "forced removal" we suggest the very definitive text known as "Disenherited" by Dale Van Every. Then "The Nations Within" by the very accomplished author Vine Deloria Jr. will expound upon that information----and "information is knowledge; knowledge is power"---Shaka Zulu We also often advise to never forget this one truth------ "only the truth will make you free; but only if you know the truth" In every "slave holder society" in history; it was a capital offense to "educate a slave"----because; "Ignorance is the only thing that makes you a slave" "If the USA were any other criminal nation the 'Americans' would invade the USA to keep the world safe; and they would be justified." These "truths" above often offend others when they are stated. This was not the intention of the "author here". However--------------------------- On this memorial day,of 2012 this "author" would wish to advise the reader that having served the USA as a US Marine, from 1972-1978, and having received an honorable discharge in 1978 does hereby and here with state his "earned right" to speak freely and with the truth---and in the same regards to remind the reader that this "author"----risked his life in earning that right to free speech------he is willing to do so again to defend it. Thank you for your valuable time. Husband of Moonlight

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Submitted by rawblue on
I can't understand how the Government can take land that doesn't belong them?. It's sad how the Indians were treated. I have Indian blood running in my vains too.