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 37

 

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and should there be any pine lands you will receive for them the price provided by that act.  As soon as that is accomplished the white men will flock into the country as thick as mosquitoes, and if you are prepared to meet that condition, well and good.  I am simply telling you what the outcome will be.

I am now going to make you an offer for your land.  No person was authorized to speak for me as to the price I was going to offer you for this tract of land.  No one knew my mind regarding it. Before making my offer I want to explain the price of land, the different classes of land.  There is what is called a minimum price and a double minimum price. The minimum price is $1.25 per acre, and that is for land that is outside of railroad limits. The double minimum price is $2.50 per acre, and that is for land that is within railroad limits.   That is the Government price for land, what the Government charges the white man who files upon such lands, and if secured under the homestead law, which requires five years residence and certain improvements, they are free to the homesteader.

Now my friends the offer that I am going to make you is the largest offer that I ever made Indians for any lands, and I have made every agreement in the past six years with the Indians of the United States, except two. Remember the lands that I am going to make you an offer for do not contain any pine timber, they are essentially agri­cultural lands. Those lands if owned out and out by the Government, that is with full title in the government, they would be sold for $1.25 per acre, to actual settlers.  Now I am going to offer you three times that much, I am going to offer you $3.75 per acre, which means that you will receive $960,670. for that tract, of which amount $260,670 will be a cash per capita payment within 90 days after the agreement is ratified by Congress, and $70,000 a year for ten years thereafter.  There are 1332 Indians now belonging on your



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