1. Gore Vidal, Palimpsest: A Memoire (New York: Penguin Books, 1996).
2. 30 U.S. (5 Pet.) 1, 8 L. Ed. 25 (1831); 31 U.S. (6 Pet.) 515, 8 L. Ed. 483 (1832).
3. An Eastern Cherokee is an enrolled member and citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
4. Vine Deloria, Custer Died for Your Sins (New York: Macmillan, 1969), 82.
5. The reservation of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is often referred to by Eastern Cherokees as the Qualla Boundary, or simply “the Boundary.” In The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, 1819–1900 (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1984) John Finger suggests that this usage dates to at least 1850, well before the Eastern Band had been recognized by the U.S. Congress as a distinct tribe in 1868 (51). The term “Boundary” references the fact that these lands did not originate as a reservation for the Eastern Cherokee. Rather, after the Cherokees were dispossessed of their land following the removal, the Eastern Cher