Indian Country Today interviewed history professor Dan Feller for a story that is part of a series exploring past presidents’ attitudes toward Native Americans, challenges and triumphs regarding tribes, and the federal laws and Indian policies enacted during their terms in office.
Feller, who is director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, noted that Jackson wavered on several federal policies while in office. The only constant throughout his presidency was Indian removal.
“With the economy, tariffs, the Bank of the United States, Jackson either did not have settled views or if he did, those changed,” Feller said. “Indian removal was the thing that he came in to the White House knowing that he wanted to do.” Read the entire story online.