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Creek Indians The Trail of Tears
The term Trails of Tears was given to the period of ten years in which over 70,000 Indians had to give up their homes and move to certain areas assigned to tribes in Oklahoma. The tribes were given a right to all of Oklahoma except the Panhandle. The government promised this land to them as long as grass shall grow and rivers run..Unfortunately, the land that they were given only lasted till about 1906 and then they were forced to move to other reservations. The land retained by the five civilized tribes was known as the Indian Territory. The 19,525,966 acres were divded among the the five tribes.
Besides the land that the tribes obtained, they also received a large sum of money fom the sale of its Eastern territories. This money was a considerable part of the revenue for the tribes and was used by their legislatures for the support of schools and their governments. the Creek had $2,275,168.00.
Andrew Jackson Gave a speech on the Indian removal in the year of 1830. He said,''It will seperate the indians from immediate contact with settlements of whites; enable them to pusue happiness in their own way and under their own rude institutions; will retard the progress of decay, which is lessening their numbers, and perhaps cause them gradually, under the protection of the government and through the influences of good counsels, to cast off their savage habits and become an interesting, civilized, and christian community.