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
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