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 25

 

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this reservation, and no other Indians would hare rights to the proceeds & of this reservation but yourselves.  Whilst under the act of 1889 the surplus lands of this reservation, not required for allotments for yourselves and your families, may be thrown open to settlement, in which case every Chippewa Indian of Minnesota would have a share of the proceeds arising therefrom.   In case we conclude the agree­ment that we are talking about for this tract of land of 256,152 acres, all of the proceeds of that tract goes entirely to the Indians of the Bed Lake Agency.     It would be so provided in the agreement. Another clause will provide that the remaining portion, after that is ceded, will belong to the Indians of the Red Lake Agency alone.  You can see the way your lands have gone, and the proceeds of the lands that you have ceded.   There are too many persons of different agencies interested in it.    Your present condition is unsatisfactory and tenure uncertain.   Bear in mind that I am talking to you of the cession of this piece on the western side and I assure you that you would still retain your interest in the ceded lands that were disposed of by that cession of 1889, and that by entering into an agreement for this piece of land you forfeit no rights to those claims that you have presented to me today.  They will be adjudicated regardless of any agreement we may conclude and each will be determined upon its merits, and you will each receive your proportionate share of the money that has been derived, and will be derived, from the land ceded in 1889.   Now my friends, in the proposition that I make to you, you have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain.   You will lose none of the proceeds of the ceded portion that is still unpaid, and if anything can be gotten out of the claims you present it will aid in having it brought about.   You gain a very important matter by securing yourselves in your reservation which will then remain intact, and I am prepared to allow you a very liberal price for that tract of



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