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Jackson and Ross Interview Interview Script Mihir Thakkar 3/25/2010
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I had a chance to sit down with President Andrew Jackson to discuss about the new Indian Removal Act. He seemed very happy about the bill and gave arguments that it was in the best interest of the Indians and the United States. I also had the chance to meet with John Ross, the Cherokee Chief. He believes that his people have been cheated by this act, and is doing anything to repeal it. This is what they had to say. Mihir: Mr. Ross, why do you believe that you were cheated by the American Government? Ross: “After the official Cherokee Delegation had departed for Washington, a contract was made by the Rev. John F. Schermerhorn, and certain individual Cherokees, claiming to be a ‘treaty’ concluded at New Echota on the 29 th day of December, 1835, between commissioners on the part of the United States, and the chiefs headmen, and people of the Cherokee tribes of Indians. A spurious Delegation, in violation of the rules of the General Council of the Cherokee nation, proceeded to Washington City with this pretended treaty, and by false and fraudulent representations convinced the US government that they were legal and accredited Delegation of the Cherokee people, and obtained this treaty of New Echota.” (Ross pg. 1 par. 2) Mihir: Didn’t the Cherokee Nation already have a treaty with the United States Government? Ross: “A treaty, ratified by the Senate, and approved by the President, and our acquiescence in its requirements demanded, under the sanction of the displeasure of the United States, and the treat of armed conflict, in case of refusal.” (Ross pg. 1 par. 2) Mihir: Why do you believe this is such a bad treaty? What makes it so aggravating?
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