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Dear Cherokee People: Our Nation is faced with one of its most difficult decisions we have ever had to make: to remove or not to remove. I argue that this is not even a decision for us to decide. I used to be one of the strongest supporters of “Not one more foot of land.” I rode my horse throughout the Nation in the dawn of 1829 to strengthen our resolve and even put forth the Blood Law to prevent further illegal loss of land. Therefore, I am at the best position to catalyze our approach from anti-removal pro-removal. I was the most ardent supporter of staying but have seen the past five years and know we have the following decision: Remove or Die. Many claim that we should make a stand since if we remove we are being “weak” and will just remove again. I counter that this “final stand” attitude is worthless and will lead to oblivion. Weakness is the progression of treaties in which we signed away land to the United States: Treaty of Hopewell (1785), Treaty of Holston (1791), Treaty of Tellico (1804), Treaty of Chickasaw Council House (1816), and the Treaty of Washington (1819). How can we seriously convince the Whites that we will stand strong on this land? Secondly, any military efforts are futile. I personally led an effort to reclaim lands that only led to a one-sided loss of Cherokee blood. Resistance is futile in face of such a powerful army.
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