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Cherokee Nation v. Georgia
Decided March 18, 1831
30 U.S. 1
Worcester v. Georgia
Decided March 3, 1832
31 U.S. 515
In Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, the Court ruled that it had no jurisdiction under Article III of the Constitution to consider the Cherokees’ request to stop the state of Georgia from taking over Cherokee lands. The Cherokee Nation is a “domestic dependent” nation, the Court found, not a sovereign nation. In Worcester v. Georgia, the Court modified that view, finding that the Cherokee Nation is a “distinct community” where Georgia laws have no force.
From the earliest days of the Republic, the federal government made treaties that recognized the right of Cherokees and other Native American tribes to retain control of their lands in northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee. ...