Wednesday, January 28, 1829
Volume 1 No. 46
Page 1 Col. 5a.
We are inclined to think that, by the following law of Georgia, many honest and clever Creeks will suffer unjustly.- The law savours(sic) more of oppression than anything else. Indians are never in the habit of being troublesome, except perhaps when intoxicated; in that case, the man who furnished whiskey ought to go, with the transgressing Indian, to jail.
AN ACT to protect the frontier settlements of this State from the Intrusion of Indians of the Creek Nation.
Whereas many inconveniences and injuries result to the citizens of this State in the frontier counties, from the unlimited intercourse of the Indians of said nation, by disturbing the peace and tranquility and destroying and purloining the property of its citizens--For remedy whereof,
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia, in General Assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority aforesaid, that from and after the passage of this act, it shall not be lawful for any Indian or descendant of an Indian belonging to the Creek Nation of Indians to cross the river Chattahoochee and enter upon the territory of said State under any pretext whatever, except they have and can show a written permit from the United States Agent of said nation, specifying their particular business, which permit shall not exceed ten days duration.
Sec. 2. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That whenever any Indian of said nation shall be found within the limits aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for any Judge of the Superior Courts of this State, any Justices of the Inferior Court or Justice of peace, or the information on oath of any citizen of said State, that any Indian or Indians as aforesaid are strolling over the territory of said State in any of the frontier counties, to issue their warrent (sic) to the sheriff, his deputy or any Constable of said county and State, requiring the said officer to notify said Indian or Indians to leave the territory of said State forthwith-unless they can shew (sic) a permit from said Agent and on their refusing to obey said order or exhibit said permit--to apprehend said Indian or Indians and bring them before the magistrate having cognisance of the same, and if on examination, it shall appear that said Indian or Indians have no permit as aforesaid- Then it shall and may be lawful for said magistrate to imprison said Indian or Indians in the common jail of said county, and in the event of there being no jail in the county, then in some suitable or convenient place not exceeding the term of ten days.
Sec. 3 And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That when any Indian or Indians shall be strolling over any county on the frontier of said State, with such permit as aforesaid, and shall interfere with the private property or interrupt the peace and tranquility of any of the citizens aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful for them to be apprehended as aforesaid, on its being made appear to the satisfaction of the magistrate to whom the warrant is made returnable, that said Indian or Indians, without lawful business, and disturbing the peace or molesting the property of said citizens, for said magistrate to imprison said Indian or Indians not exceeding the term of time aforesaid.
Sec. 4. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That
all laws or parts of laws that are repugnant to this act be and the same are
Assented to- Dec. 20, 1828.