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, "council" proceedings, page 28

 

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selves but to your families.   Now I want to have these notes prepared and have them reduced to writing so that I may read over carefully the claims that you hare presented this afternoon.  Whilst I am having the notes transcribed I wish you would consider this matter in regard to the cession of that piece of land that I have spoken to you about.    You have been very patient and have remained here under trying circumstances, the room is very crowded and it is not the most desirable place for so many to be huddled together.  But this is a matter to you my friends which is of sufficient importance to have you remain here a week if necessary, and, as I said to you the other day, you don't want to close your eyes and say you won't look at the proposition, nor close your ears and say you won't listen to it, but you should consider the matter well and look at it from all sides.

Now I have anticipated the continuance of this council and I have procured two quarters of beef, which will be a change of rations for you this evening. I want you to remain here and discuss this matter fully and from all sides and meet me tomorrow at ten o'clock,  by that time I will have these notes prepared and have studied them over carefully,

I am very much pleased with our council this afternoon and we will now adjourn until tomorrow morning at ten o'clock.  I wish to add that I am talking now to the people of Red Lake Agency, and you are the only persons that are interested in this matter, and I don't wish you to be influenced or prejudiced in this matter by persons who don't belong to this reservation.   It is to the interest of the Mississippi Chippewas and those of Leech Lake and Case Lake to influence you against consenting to any cession of lands in order to have you reject this proposition.  If the lands were opened under the act of 1889 the Chippewas of Minnesota would all share in the benefit of these lands with you, and that being the fact they very naturally try to influence you against entering into a new agreement which would



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