On this land there is a great deal of timber, pine and oak,
that are much use to the white man. They send it to foreign
countries, and it brings them a great deal of money.
On the land there is much grass for cattle and horses, and
much food for the hogs.
On this land there is a great deal of tobacco raised, which
likewise brings much money. Even the streams are valuable
to the white man, to grind the wheat and corn that grows on
this land. The pine trees that are dead are valuable for tar.
All these things are lasting benefits. But if the Indians
are given just a few goods for their lands, in one or two
seasons those goods are all rotted and gone for nothing.
We are told that our lands are of no service to us, but still,
if we hold our lands, there will always be a turkey, or a
deer, or a fish in the streams for those young who will come
We are afraid if we part with any more of our lands the white
people will not let us keep as much as will be sufficient
to bury our dead.
Doublehead - Creek Chief