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Indian Removal cleared the land for white occupancy between the Appalachians and the Mississippi cleared it for cotton in the South and grain in the North for expansion immigration canals railroads new cities and the building of a vast continental empire clear across to the Pacific Ocean In Chapter 7 of As Long As Grass Grows or Water Runs Indians are shown as victims and survivors of the nineteenth-century federal Indian PoliciesIndians during the Indian Removal acts were victims for many reasons Angered when fellow Indians were induced to cede a great tract of land to the United States government Tecumseh organized in 1811 an Indian gathering of five thousand on the bank of the Tallapoosa River in Alabama and told them Let the white race perish They seize your land they corrupt your women they trample on the ashes of your dead Back whence they came upon a trail of blood they must be driven Shown through this statement is anger towards the white man Americans of who swindled them of land that they rightfully owned President Andrew Jackson decided that a new federal policy would be necessary in order to remove the Indians from their lands Thus he supported the Removal Act of 1830 which gave the President the right to make land exchanges by forcibly removing the five tribes from their ancestral lands against their will This Act disregarded there natural rights and took away the very land that they have nourished their whole lives These reasons made Indians that experienced this act victims The removal of Native Indian tribes from lands east of the Mississippi River is one of the tragic episodes in American history Early treaties signed by American agents and representatives of Indian tribes guaranteed peace and the integrity of Indian territories primarily to assure that the fur trade would continue without interruption American settlers hunger for Indian land however led to violent conflict in many cases and succeeding
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