Lead: Despite their willingness to become more like the white majority in the 1830s the Cherokee were removed from the mountains of the South and sent to Oklahoma.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: In 1802 the state of Georgia gave up its claims to Alabama and Mississippi territory. In return, the federal government promised to resettle Native Americans in the West. By the late 1820s this had not been done and newly elected President Andrew Jackson was sympathetic with Georgia's position. In his first message to Congress asked that it to provide for the removal of the Cherokee. Sensing victory the state of Georgia passed a series of laws that abolishing Cherokee government and dividing Cherokee land to be distributed by lottery to Georgia citizens. The Cherokee took their case to the Supreme Court and the Court declared in favor of the Indians. Georgia refused to recognize Supreme Court jurisdiction and Jackson refused to enforce the law.