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 reservation, 'council' proceedings, page 23

 

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provided in the agreement to entitle you to it, but there is no such provision.   If the commission negotiating with you promised you free transportation they exceeded their authority.  I hare read the agreement carefully and there is no mention of such in the act that you accepted.   There is nothing binding on the United States except what appears in the agreement that is signed.   I always make it a rule to make plain and truthful statements to the Indians when negotiating with them, for the reason that it is very wrong to tell Indians that which it is impossible to do for him, or to make any promise that cannot be fulfilled.   Any promise that I make to you here is taken down in short hand and after it is transcribed I will leave a copy of the proceedings of our councils with you, and you will learn later on that every word that I have said to you will reach the Department, and receive attention.   And I promise you that every statement that you have made here with regard to your grievances and claims will appear in my report in the order that you have presented them, and I will make a special report in reference to them, separate from my regular report, in case we enter into an agreement for the proposed cession, which special report will be in reference to your claims as stated to me and I will follow them and see that they receive the attention of the Department.     I expect to return to Washington from here and will make it a special point to call these things up whilst there.  I am well aware that the matters you have been speaking of are somewhat complex, that is they are puzzeling, as I stated the other day, they are perplexing and it is the desire of the Department to have them straightened out as soon as possible, and your talk with me here regarding them will aid and assist the officials in bringing about an adjustment of the matter.  This paper that I have here in my hand is the proceedings of our last council, and I will simply repeat a portion of what I said to you during our last meeting



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