Wednesday, March 7, 2007

A Glorious News

To Stand Watie
Boston, March 7, 1832
My Dear Brother,
You will, before this reaches you, have heard of the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, in favor of Mr. Worcester and Butler and against the State of Georgia. It is a glorious news. The laws of the State are declared by the highest judicial tribunal in the Country null and void. It is a great triumph on the part of the Cherokees so far as the question of their rights were concerned. The question is for ever settled as to who is right and who is wrong, and the controversy is exactly where it ought to be, and where we have all along been desirous it should be.

It is not now before the great state of Georgia and the poor Cherokees, but between the U.S. and the State of Georgia, or between the friends of the judiciary and the enemies of the judiciary. We can only look and see whoever prevails in this momentous crisis. . . .
- Elias Boudinot [Editor,Cherokee Phoenix]

President Andrew Jackson refused to enforce the court’s decision that would have protected the Cherokees in Georgia. By the end of 1832, Boudinot was out as editor, due to his advocacy of Cherokee accommodation to removal from Georgia; and the state of Georgia confiscated most of the Cherokee lands within its borders.

Years later, after going to Oklahoma, Boudinot was murdered in retaliation for his stance on removal.

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