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 38

 

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reservation, but calculating that births will increase that number to 1340 it would be $195.00 for each man, woman and child for the first payment.  A family of five persons would thus receive $975.00 for the first payment, and the ten annual payments of $70,000 each would give every man, woman and child a little over $52.00 each year for ten years.

My friends when I left Washington it was generally believed that I could procure those lands for about $2.50 per acre, but I came through the tract and observed it closely and have also made inquiry regarding the value of land in that section of country, and I hove concluded to make you a good liberal offer in the beginning rather than to start at a low price and come up to that amount.  That tract of land is not all good, but it is good average land and I regard it worth $3.75 per acre, taken as a whole.   I make this offer so that the Government is on record as having made you a very liberal offer for that tract of land and I hope that you will see the wisdom of accepting it.   If you reject this liberal offer with the payment all in cash, in eleven installments, which period of annual payments are believed to be best for you, you certainly will regret it.

If you would rather take your chances and receive only $1.25 per acre for your surplus lands, such as the act of 1889 will give you, than to accept the $3.75 per acre which I offer you, well and good, it is for you to determine.

My friends, when I was leaving Washington, just a few minutes before I started, I had a talk with the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in relation to this matter, and he told me to be liberal in the price allowed you for the land and that he would approve it; that he was desirous of seeing you people of Red Lake Agency protected in every way possible.  And he told me that I might have the agreement provide that you receive double the amount of land for allotments that you



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