Whereas;  a  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;

Therefore;  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.