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CourtSpeak: Worcester v. Georgia
Cherokee Sovereign Authority Case (1831)

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Chapter The Marshall Court (1801–35)

Chief Justice John Marshall (majority): “The Cherokee Nation, then, is a distinct community, occupying its own territory, with boundaries accurately described, in which the laws of Georgia can have no force, and which the citizens of Georgia have no right to enter but with the assent of the Cherokees themselves or in conformity with treaties and with the acts of Congress. The whole intercourse between the United States and this nation is, by our Constitution and laws, vested in the government of the United States.”

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