Mr. Dowling
Tragedy for Native Americans

As the United States expanded, how did the United States treat Native Americans?

Native Americans lived on the land that many settlers wanted.

Although the Native Americans wanted to live in peace with the settlers, the settlers wanted the land for themselves.

President Andrew Jackson set aside land beyond the Mississippi River for Native Americans.
They were forced to move there.

1830-Indian Removal Act-Native Americans were moved to land believed to be worthless
The Cherokees went to court to fight this. They said they made treaties with the federal government to protect their rights/property.

1832 Worcester v. Georgia-John Marshall declared Georgia's action unconstitutional and stated that Native Americans were protected by the Constitution

1838-Trail of Tears-The army sent 15,000 Cherokees westward. Thousands of Native Americans died.

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