Choctaw Resolution, 1861

FEBRUARY  7, 1861.

Resolutions expressing the feelings and sentiments of the Gen. Council of

the Choctaw Nation in reference to the political disagreement existing

between the Northern and Southern States of the American Union.

Resolved by the Gen. Council of the Choctaw Nation assembled, That we

view with deep regret and great solicitude the present unhappy political

disagreement between the Northern and Southern States of the American

Union, tending to a permanent dissolution of the Union and the disturbance

of the various important relations existing with that Government by treaty

stipulations and international laws, and portending much injury to the

Choctaw government and people.

Resolved further, That we must express the earnest desire and ready hope

entertained by the entire Choctaw, people, that any and all political

disturbances agitating and dividing the people of the various States may be

honorably and speedily adjusted; and the example and blessing, and fostering

care of their Gen. Government, and the many and friendly social ties

existing with their people, continue for the enlightenment in moral and good

government and prosperity in the material concerns of life to our whole

population.

Resolved further, That in the event a permanent dissolution of the American

Union takes place, our many relations with the Gen. Government must

cease, and we shall be left to follow the natural affections, education,

institutions, and interests of our people, which indissolubly bind us in every

way to the estiny of our neighbors and brethren of the Southern States, upon

whom we are confident we can rely for the preservation of our rights of life,

liberty, and property, and the continuance of many acts of friendship,

general counsel, and material support.

Resolved further, That we desire to assure our immediately neighbors the

people of Arkansas and Texas, of our determination to observe the amicable

relations in every way so long existing between us, and the firm reliance we

have, amid any disturbances with other States, the rights and feelings so

sacred to us will remain respected by them and be protected from the

encroachments of others.

Resolved further, That his excellency the principal chief be requested to

inclose, with an appropriate communication from himself, a copy of these

resolutions to the governors of the Southern States, with the request that they

be laid before the State convention of each State, as many as have assembled

at the date of their reception, and that in such as have not they be published

in the newspapers of the State.

Resolved, That these resolutions take effect and be in force from and after

their passage.