CHAP. CXLVIII.--An Act to provide for an exchange of lands with the Indians residing in any
    of the states or territories, and for their removal west of the river Mississippi.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America,
    in Congress assembled, That it shall and may be lawful for the President of the United
    States to cause so much of any territory belonging to the United States, west of the river
    Mississippi, not included in any state or organized territory, and to which the Indian title has
    been extinguished, as he may judge necessary, to be divided into a suitable number of
    districts, for the reception of such tribes or nations of Indians as may choose to exchange
    the lands where they now reside, and remove there; and to cause each of said districts to
    be so described by natural or artificial marks, as to be easily distinguished from every other.

    SEC. 2. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the President to
    exchange any or all of such districts, so to be laid off and described, with any tribe or nation
    within the limits of any of the states or territories, and with which the United States have
    existing treaties, for the whole or any part or portion of the territory claimed and occupied by
    such tribe or nation, within the bounds of any one or more of the states or territories, where
    the land claimed and occupied by the Indians, is owned by the United States, or the United
    States are bound to the state within which it lies to extinguish the Indian claim thereto.

    SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That in the making of any such exchange or exchanges,
    it shall and may be lawful for the President solemnly to assure the tribe or nation with which
    the exchange is made, that the United States will forever secure and guaranty to them, and
    their heirs or successors, the country so exchanged with them; and if they prefer it, that the
    United States will cause a patent or grant to be made and executed to them for the same:
    Provided always, That such lands shall revert to the United States, if the Indians become
    extinct, or abandon the same.

    SEC. 4. And be it further enacted, That if, upon any of the lands now occupied by the
    Indians, and to be exchanged for, there should be such improvements as add value to the
    land claimed by any individual or individuals of such tribes or nations, it shall and may be
    lawful for the President to cause such value to be ascertained by appraisement or
    otherwise, and to cause such ascertained value to be paid to the person or persons
    rightfully claiming such improvements. And upon the payment of such valuation, the
    improvements so valued and paid for, shall pass to the United States, and possession shall
    not afterwards be permitted to any of the same tribe.

    SEC. 5. And be it further enacted, That upon the making of any such exchange as is
    contemplated by this act, it shall and may be lawful for the President to cause such aid and
    assistance to be furnished to the emigrants as may be necessary and proper to enable
    them to remove to, and settle in, the country for which they may have exchanged; and also,
    to give them such aid and assistance as may be necessary for their support and
    subsistence for the first year after their removal.

    SEC. 6. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the President to cause
    such tribe or nation to be protected, at their new residence, against all interruption or
    disturbance from any other tribe or nation of Indians, or from any other person or persons
    whatever.

    SEC. 7. And be it further enacted, That it shall and may be lawful for the President to have
    the same superintendence and care over any tribe or nation in the country to which they
    may remove, as contemplated by this act, that he is now authorized to have over them at
    their present places of residence.
The Indian Removal Act of 1830
    This was the Jackson-era legislation authorizing the
    president to transfer Eastern Indian tribes to the western
    territories promised (falsely) "in perpetuity". The actual
    relocation culminated in the 1838 "Trail of Tears" forced
    march, one of the most shameful occurrences in the history
    of federal domestic policy
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