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The Constitutions effect on Native Americans The Constitution had a great effect on Native Americans in general They were effected in three major ways They are the change in where they lived and what land was considered theirs what Religious rights they had andor have and lastly how they have gone from living freely to living on reservations Native Americans had many changes in their land In 1830 Congress passed the Indian Removal Act Andrew Jackson the president at the time quickly signed the bill The Cherokee tried to keep from being removed by going to court In the case of Cherokee Nation vs Georgia the court refused the case The Cherokee didnt accept this and went to the Supreme Court They won the case of Worcester vs Georgia Because of this the Native Americans would have to agree to the removal in a formal treaty which would have to be ratified by the Senate The treaty of New Echota signed by the Natives gave Jackson the right to remove them and the Senate ratified it but it passed by a single vote The Cherokee would be removed It started in 1838 They would be moved to Oklahoma just like the state of Georgia was promised North Georgia history p 1 That was one of many times they would be moved Historical events from then on gave the United States all Native land in what is now the continental United States Deloria 283 Native Americans have struggled for religious freedom from the first settlers and missionaries until now Everybody is supposed to have religious freedom but at one point the US government tried to force Christianity on to them Also they called their religion worthless superstition inspired by the Christian devil Satan In 1978 congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act which said It shall be the policy of the United States to protect and preserve for American Indians their inherent right of freedom
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