What was Andrew Jackson's Indian policy like? 

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Andrew Jackson’s Native American policy was very harsh toward the Native Americans. President Jackson, like many other Americans, believed the Native Americans were holding back progress. He believed they were like beasts or wild creatures that slowed American progress. Thus, he wanted Native Americans to be moved out the way.

Andrew Jackson strongly supported the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This law forced Native Americans to relocate from lands east of the Mississippi River to lands west of the Mississippi River. Many Native American tribes were removed during this time. While some tribes went without resistance, others fought our army. There were several battles between the army and Native Americans to enforce this law.

To show his dislike toward Native Americans, President Jackson forced the Cherokee tribe to relocate even though the Supreme Court ruled that they couldn’t be forced to move due to treaties they had signed with the federal government. Andrew Jackson had very harsh policies toward the Native Americans.

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