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A transcription of this audio excerpt from a Cherokee memorial to Congress was printed in Nile's Weekly Register in 1830.
In it, the Cherokee requested that Congress enforce its signed treaties and leave them unmolested on the land of their forefathers. The memorial also included a stark and frank description of the territory that the federal government proposed to trade for their settled, productive land. It was, in short, a wasteland plagued by nomadic savages who would understandably resist the arrival of the Cherokee Nation.
We wish to remain on the land of our fathers. We have a perfect and original right to remain without interruption or molestation. The treaties with us, and laws of the United States made in pursuance of treaties, guaranty our residence and our privileges, and secure us against intruders. Our only request is, that these treaties may be fulfilled, and these laws executed.
But if we are compelled to leave our country, we see nothing but ruin before us. The country west of the Arkansas territory is unknown to us. From what we can learn of it, we have no prepossessions in its favor. All the inviting parts of it, as we believe, are preoccupied by various Indian nations, to which it has been assigned. They would regard us as intruders.
All our neighbors . . . would speak a language totally different from ours, and practice different customs. The original possessors of that region are now wandering savages lurking for prey in the neighborhood. . . . Were the country to which we are urged much better than it is represented to be, . . . still it is not the land of our birth, nor of our affections. It contains neither the scenes of our childhood, nor the graves of our fathers.