EXT. PRINCIPAL CHIEF'S OFFICE, TAHLEQUAH - AFTERNOON
John stops his horse and dismounts. An older Cherokee stableman walks to him and takes his horse.
Thank you, Mr. Jumper.
Mr. Jumper nods and takes the horse away. John casually walks inside.
INT. PRINCIPAL CHIEF'S OFFICE, TAHLEQUAH
A Cherokee Council meeting is in an informal hot debate. Two Confederate Generals sit near the head of the table.
John enters. He hears horses outside the building. Soldiers shout orders. He goes to the window as things get quiet.
INSIDE TO OUTSIDE - Confederate soldiers begin to line the streets. Stan Watie rides through the soldiers and stops in front of the military formation. He dismounts, gives his horse to a waiting soldier and walks toward the treasury.
BACK TO SCENE
John turns and moves to the head of the conference table. He
speaks while looking at the Confederate Generals and papers that lie before him.
The proposal before me is for us
to sign a coalition with the South.
The Confederate government has
stated if we do not the Cherokee
Nation will be considered an enemy
and genocide will be the order of
Stan Watie enter the room as the last word is spoken.
John Ross glances at Stan then looks around the room at his