Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

  • 1|
    What kinds of decisions did the Cherokee Nation face when European Nations—and later the United States—encroached on its homelands?
  • 2|
    What is the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court establishing the Cherokee and other tribes as sovereign nations within the United States?
  • 3|
    What actions did leaders of the Cherokee Nation take to resist removal?
  • 4|
    What effect did the Treaty of New Echota have on Cherokee resistance to removal?
  • 5|
    What was the U.S. government’s response to the Cherokee petition against the Treaty of New Echota?
  • 6|
    What difficult decisions did leaders of the Cherokee Nation face during their people’s forced removal?
  • 7|
    How did the United States president portray removal to the U.S. Congress? How does his portrayal compare to other evidence?
  • 8|
    What challenges did the Cherokee face upon their arrival in Indian Territory?
  • 9|
    What actions did the Cherokee take to reestablish themselves in Indian Territory?
  • 10|
    What actions are Cherokee people taking today to keep their community and culture alive and strong?