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Cherokee Phoenix Publishes Laws, 1828

From the Cherokee Phoenix
New Echota, Ga.,
March 13, 1828


Whereas, fifty-four towns and villages having convened in order to deliberate and consider on the situation of our nation, in the disposition of our common property of lands without the unanimous consent of the members of the Council, and in order to obviate the evil consequences resulting in such course, we have unanimously adopted the following form for the future government of our nation.

Article 1st. It is unanimously agreed, that there shall be thirteen members elected as a Standing Committee for the term of two years, at the end of which term they shall be either re-elected or others; and in consequence of the death or resignation of any of said Committee, our head Chiefs shall elect another to fill the vacancy.

Article 2d. The affairs of the Cherokee Nation shall be committed to the care of the Standing Committee but the acts of this body shall not be binding on the Nation in our common property, without the unanimous consent of the members and Chiefs of the Council, which shall present for their acceptance or dissent.

Article3d. The authority and claim of our common property shall cease with the person or persons who shall think proper to remove themselves without the limits of the Cherokee Nation.

Article 4th. The improvements and labors of our people by the mother's side shall be inviolate during the time of their occupancy.

Article 5th. This Committee shall settle with the Agency for our annual stipend, and report their proceedings to the members and Chiefs in council; but the friendly communication between our head Chiefs and the Agency shall remain free and open.

Article 6th. The above articles for our government, may be amended at our electional term and the Committee is hereby required to be governed by the short articles, and the Chiefs and Warriors in Council unanimously pledge themselves to observe strictly the contents of the above articles. Whereas we have set our hands and seals at Amoh this 6th day of May, one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.

Approved in Council, on the day and date above written.

Speaker to the Council.
Approval of the within governenment by the head Chief,
X (his mark) PATH KILLER

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