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council members. His eyes meet Talmidge.

Talmidge appears confident.

John continues to look around the room.

JOHN ROSS

The Cherokee Nation is in a weak

position this day. The Union has

not seen fit to protect this ally

and they have disarmed us. So,

today we vote for immediate death

or slow death. All in favor of the

alliance with the Confederate

States, say aye.

The council votes overwhelmingly for the confederates. John proceeds.

JOHN ROSS

(continuing)

Opposed, Nay.

John Ross looks around the room. A single hand raises. Talmidge is proud. John slowly raises his own hand in defiance.

The general next to John pulls more papers from his coat and lays them in front of John.

Stan Watie stands in place and gloats.

John pulls a quill pen from the ink well in front of him and slowly signs the document.

JOHN ROSS

(continuing)

As a matter of record, I sign

this under protest.

The Confederate general next to John takes the papers from the desk and puts them in his inside coat. John turns his back to the Confederate generals.

General Watie steps next to John while he gloats and starts to speak. John suddenly takes a holstered pistol from under

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