The Cherokee Nation and the Fight Against Removal

The narrative of American expansion is closely tied to the decline in the Native American population during the 1830’s. The Native Americans, like many minority groups throughout U.S. history, were at the mercy of the self-interested American people. The United States Government conveniently decided when it would treat Native American tribes as sovereign entities, and when it would limit or deny their rights. When the Indian Removal Act passed in 1830 and gave the federal government the power to relocate the Native American’s westward, there was opposition by many Indian tribes; most notably the Cherokee Indians. Petitions on behalf of the Cherokee people, as well as rulings by the U.S Supreme Court, were ignored by the U.S government. In 1836, the Cherokee Nation along with other Native American tribes, were forcibly removed from their lands.