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 eleven western townships, Red Lake Indian Reservation, "council" proceedings, page 45

 

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you may make me a proposition.  There are two parties to this trade; I represent the Government, who is one party, you Red Lake Indians are the other party.

KAY GAY GAH BOW OINCE:-  Well my friend, the reason I ask you this, I have a good deal to say.  Lots of questions to ask.  Are you positive that the proposition that I will make you will be accepted?

Mr.McLaughlin:-  I can tell "better after I hear it.  I couldn't tell until after I know what it is.

KAY GAY GAH BOW OINCE:-  I have sent two delegations to Washington. I sent them there to look after our matters.  Our delegations to Washington came back here empty handed, scarcely anything to tell. T his is what I want to understand.  May be I have been doing wrong.  My friend, there is another thing, I want to see your written authority. I have never taken the pains to do as I am doing now when anybody has been sent here from Washington to see me.  My friend, that is the reason that I have said that we must distinctly understand each other.  Well my friend, we now wish to see your authority to negotiate with us for our land and these Indians will think it over.

Mr. McLAUGHLIN:-  I cheerfully comply with your request.  Here is my letter of instructions, which I will have read and explained to you by the interpreters.

(Interpreters Graves and Roy read and explain Inspectors instruc­tions to the Indians.)

KAY GAY GAH BOW OINCE: I am very glad.

Mr. McLAUGHLIN:-                You see my friends, that I want to have everything honest and straightforward, and I wish to say to you, as you may understand from the wording of my instructions, which have



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