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Name: ____________________________________________________ Date: ______________________

Trail of Tears PowerPoint Notes


Indian Removal Act
1. Each year, settlers moved farther ____________________.
2. How did Andrew Jackson feel about the American
Indians?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
3. ________________________ agreed with President
Jackson.
4. 1830 – President Jackson signed the
________________________________________,
5. This law ordered all the Indian nations ________________
of the __________________________________ to move
________________________ of that river.

Indian Territory
6. The United States army forced ______________________,
____________________, and _________________________
people to move to present day ___________________.
7. What was this area named by Congress?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________

Fighting the Indian Removal Act


8. What was the name of the Cherokee Chief who led the
fight against the Indian Removal Act?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
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9. John Ross went to the _______________________________.
10. The head of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice
____________________________________, ruled that it was
against the law to force the _____________________ to
move.

The Trail of Tears


11. Who ignored the Supreme Court’s rule?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________
12. 1838 – _________________________ Indians were
forced by the _____________________________________ to
make the ________________ mile trip to Indian Territory.
13. This trip was referred to as the
______________________________________.
14. The Indians had little to ____________ on their
journey.
15. The weather was ___________________ and
__________________________ spread quickly.
16. How many Cherokee Indians died along the way?
______________________________________________________
______________________________________________________

Summary
17. After Andrew Jackson was elected President, he
ordered thousands of American Indians off their land.
18. American Indians were forced to move
__________________ and live in a new environment.
19. Their difficult journey west was known as the
_________________________________________.
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Name: ____________________________________________________ Date: ______________________

Trail of Tears PowerPoint Notes


Answer Key
Indian Removal Act
1. Each year, settlers moved farther west.
2. How did Andrew Jackson feel about the American
Indians?
He felt that American Indians hindered the nation’s
growth by living on land the settlers wanted.
3. Congress agreed with President Jackson.
4. 1830 – President Jackson signed the Indian Removal
Act.
5. This law ordered all the Indian nations east of the
Mississippi River to move west of that river.

Indian Territory
6. The United States army forced Choctaw, Creek, and
Chickasaw people to move to present day Oklahoma.
7. What was this area named by Congress?
Indian Territory

Fighting the Indian Removal Act


8. What was the name of the Cherokee Chief who led the
fight against the Indian Removal Act?
John Ross
9. John Ross went to the Supreme Court.
10. The head of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John
Marshall, ruled that it was against the law to force the
Cherokee to move.
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The Trail of Tears
11. Who ignored the Supreme Court’s rule?
President Jackson
12. 1838 – Cherokee Indians were forced by the
United States Army to make the 1,000 mile trip to Indian
Territory.
13. This trip was referred to as the Trail of Tears.
14. The Indians had little to eat on their journey.
15. The weather was cold and disease spread quickly.
16. How many Cherokee Indians died along the way?
About one-fourth

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