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The Cherokee Indians. four thousand Indians in council — speech by the Principal Chief — Alliance with the Confederate States. The determination of the Cherokee Indians to unite their fortunes with the Confederate States of America has already been announced. A grand council, consisting of about four thousand persons, was held at Tahlequah on the 21st of August, when John Ross, the principal Chief delivered the following address: Friends and Fellow-Citizens--It affords me great pleasure to see so many of you on the present occasion. The invitation to you to meet here went from the Executive Department in compliance with the wishes of many citizens, who desired to make stronger the cords that bind us together, and to advance the common welfare. The circumstances under which you have assembled are full of import. You have precious rights at stake, and your posterity, it may be, will be affected by the sentiments you may express. You need not be told that e