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off little by little.   

The Ridge walks in.

THE RIDGE

Yes, John. The white government

has asked us to sign for the

nation.

John feels betrayed. He looks at both men.

JOHN ROSS

I respect you both, but only the

council decides. If you continue

it will give the Georgia Congress

what it needs to destroy us.

The Ridge looks at him as if he is sorry.

THE RIDGE

I am sorry, but we will sign.

John shakes his head and speaks as he walks out.

JOHN

Don’t betray the tribe, Ridge.

The Ridge looks at Elias.

THE RIDGE

You know when we sign, it will be our

death warrant.

Elias is sad.

ELIAS

Ridge, if we stay they will kill us

all. At least we have a chance in

the new land.

The Ridge is in thought.

THE RIDGE

I do not know the new politics. I

only know the Cherokee way. They

will not forgive us. Only John can

mend this thing we do to save a

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