Minutes of councils held by James McLaughlin, United States Indian Inspector, with the Indians of Red Lake Agency, Minnesota, from March 4th to March 10th, 1902, for Cession of land.
1902 proceedings for the cession of 11 western townships, Red Lake Indian Reservation, page 14

 

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consulted as a party to it, or your voice being heard when it was prepared, but I come here to try and agree with you upon the price of the land and the manner of payment, so that you are a party to the trade.

My friends, I am very much pleased that you have sent for me this evening, that we might have another talk over it, and that I have been able to explain some matters that didn't occur to me this afternoon.  You have been very patient in remaining here all this afternoon in this close room, and listening patiently to everything that I had to say, and as it is getting pretty late I feel that we ought to adjourn for this evening and meet again tomorrow morning.  In the mean time you people can talk over this proposed cession and be prepared tomorrow to state the grievances that are uppermost in your minds so that it may appear in the minutes of our councils.   And even if we make no agreement your statements will appear in ray report and be submitted by me to the Department.  The longer that I am with you the more I am learning of your business matters and of promises that have been made to you in the past which you say remain unfulfilled.  I don't wish to press you, I don't wish to hurry you, neither do I wish you to hurry me, I desire ample time to explain matters fully so that you may understand me clearly.  But I do wish you to remain here to­night so that you may discuss among yourselves the matters you wish to submit to me tomorrow.  I mean the grievances you have been referring to.  Will you do so?

          Answer:-  Yes, we will be here.

McLAUGHLIN:  I thank you very much for your attention and the patience you have had, and tomorrow I will listen to you patiently, and I hope that you will consider what we have been talking about to-night.  After thinking the matter over myself I might have some-



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