Definition of INDIANS


INDIANS

The aborigines of this country are so called.

2. In general, Indians have no political rights in the United
States; they cannot vote at the general elections for officers, nor
hold office. In New York they are considered as citizens and not as
aliens, owing allegiance to the government and entitled to its
protection. 20 John. 188, 633. But it was ruled that the Cherokee
nation in Georgia was a distinct community. 6 Pet. 515. See 8
Cowen, 189; 9 Wheat. 673; 14 John. 181, 332 18 John. 506.

Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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