Published March 14, 2017
NASHVILLE – Donald Trump, the 45th president of the United States, will lay a wreath at the tomb of the nation’s seventh president, Andrew Jackson on Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee. He will do so on the 250th birthday of Jackson.
Among American Indians, Jackson is commonly referred to as the “removal president” and the “Indian-killer” because of he signed the Indian Removal Act that stole millions of acres of lands from tribes that led to forced removal from tribal ancestral lands to west of the Mississippi. The harsh removal campaign is commonly referred to as the Trail of Tears.
While Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830, by 1840 the Trail of Tears had accomplished Jackson’s goal to remove American Indians.
Several months after signing the Removal Act, Jackson told Congress:
“It gives me pleasure,” he said, “to announce to Congress that the benevolent policy of the government, steadily pursued for nearly 30 years, in relation to the removal of the Indians beyond the white settlements is approaching to a happy consummation.”
On Wednesday, Trump will be the first U.S. president to pay homage to Jackson’s tomb since Ronald Reagan did so in 1982.
Soon after assuming the presidency in January, Trump had a portrait of Jackson hung in the Oval Office.
After laying the wreath at Jackson’s tomb, Trump speak at a rally of his supporters in Nashville.
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