Using Deliberative Techniques to Teach United States History

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Indian Removal Act 1830

CHAP. CXLVIII.—An Act to provide for an exchange of lands with the Indians
residing in any of the states or territories, and for their removal west of the river
Mississippi
.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America, in Congress assembled
,That it shall and may be lawful for the
President of the United States to cause so much of any territory belonging
to the United States, west of the river Mississippi, not included in any state or
organized territory, and to which the Indian title has been extinguished, as
he may judge necessary, to be divided into a suitable number of districts, for
the reception of such tribes or nations of Indians as may choose to exchange
the lands where they now reside, and remove there; and to cause each of said
districts to be so described by natural or artificial marks, as to be easily distin-
guished from every other.

SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the Presi-
dent to exchange any or all of such districts, so to be laid off and described,
with any tribe or nation of Indians now residing within the limits of any of the
states or territories, and with which the United States have existing treaties, for
the whole or any part or portion of the territory claimed and occupied by such
tribe or nations, within the bounds of any one or more of the states or ter-
ritories, where the land claimed and occupied by the Indians, is owned by the
United States, or the United States are bound to the state within which it lies
to extinguish the Indian claim thereto.

SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That in the making of any such exchange or
exchanges, it shall and may be lawful for the President solemnly to assure the

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