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CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Wednesday June 11, 1828
Volume I, No. 16
Page 2, col. 1a

Congress has ere this risen, and after carious motions and amendments offered in both houses, relating to the Indians, it appears nothing more has been done, than to appropriate money for the purpose of holding treaties with some of the tribes.  Our readers know that the Cherokees are included.  We may then expect to see Commissioners sent by our father the President of the United States.  What their propositions will be appears evident to us, and the answer to those propositions cannot be mistaken by those who have properly learnt the feelings of our people on the subject of emigration.  We calculate on a unanimous refusal of the Cherokees to accede to the proposals of the United States Commissioners.  We care not, for ourselves, how often applications of removal are made to us, if at the same time we are left at liberty to choose for ourselves and to decide according to our best judgment.  But it is very common that whenever Indians refuse to accept of the propositions of Commissioners, they are denounced as obstinate, and as offering contempt to their great Father.- We hope our Chiefs, in their next negotiations, will be permitted to act according to the dictates of their consciences, and to make such a decision as the good of the Cherokees may require.