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CHEROKEE BLOOD LAW
law has been in existence for many years, but not committed to writing,
that if any citizen or citizens of this Nation should treat and dispose
of any lands belonging to this Nation without special permission from the
National authorities, he or they shall suffer death;
resolved, by the Committee and Council, in General Council convened,
that any person or persons who shall, contrary to the will and consent
of the legislative council of this Nation in general council convened,
enter into a treaty with any commissioner or commissioners of the United
States, or any officers instructed for that purpose, and agree to sell
or dispose of any part or portion of the National lands defined in this
Constitution of this Nation, he or they so offending, upon conviction before
any of the circuit judges aforesaid are authorized to call a court for
the trial of any such person or persons so transgressing.
Be it Further
Resolved; that any person or persons, who shall violate the provisions
of this act, and shall refuse, by resistance, to appear at the place designated
for trial, or abscond, are hereby declared to be outlaws; and any person
or persons, citizens of this Nation, may kill him or them so offending,
in any manner most convenient, within the limits of this Nation, and shall
not be held accountable for the same.
Passed by the Cherokee General Council on October 24, 1829
This was the law
that was followed by Cherokee citizens when they executed John Ridge,
Elias Boudinot, and Major Ridge in June of 1839.