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Front Cover of the Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation—Government Document

The cover below is written in the Cherokee language. The Cherokee are an American Indian nation with their own constitution and laws.


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There is a picture of the cover to the Constitution and Laws of the Cherokee Nation.

Source: Library of Congress.


Background

A constitution describes how a government works. It explains how leaders are chosen and how laws are made. The Cherokee constitution was written in 1827. It is in the Cherokee language. It explains how the Cherokee people have decided to govern themselves. The cover has a seal on it with the words “Cherokee Nation” written in the Cherokee language. The seal shows that this is an official government document. A government document is a written paper made by a government.