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 cession of 11 western townships, Red Lake Indian Reservation, proceedings of McLaughln councils, page 21

 

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found out that these trespassers hare paid for the timber that they hare stolen, and what monies that these trespassers have paid in we claim to be our own money.

Mr. Rice in negotiating the treaty of 1889 promised the Indians that there would be only two steam-boats on the lake and river, one would run between here and Thief River Falls and the other would tow logs on the lake, and that any Indian who wanted to ride on that boat could do so without paying his fare.  He could ride between here and Thief River Falls, and the other boat would be used for towing logs on the lake.  All the Indians that lived down at Thief River Falls could come up here after their annuity payments and ride on the boats and would not have to pay any money in going from here to their homes, riding on the steam-boats.  And there is lots of boats on the lake and the river now running between here and Thief River Falls.

ME CAH KE BE NAIS:-

Well my friend, you say that you are an Inspector,  I understand that you are in a position to help us, what we present to you about our grievances is our wishes.  Well my friend, what we have said to you is what we have been thinking about, and any white man that comes to us we shall never step over what we have presented to you.

Now we are ready to hear you, all that you have to say that you come to see us for.  We want you first to give us some answer in regard to these grievances that we have placed before you,

Mr. McLAUGHLIN: -

My friends, I am very much pleased with this statement that you have presented to me.  I feel that many of your statements are well founded, and it is even known by the Department Officials that you were very badly treated by the estimators that were sent out to appraise your land.  And I am very much pleased



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