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 47

 

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clearly from the way I have explained it.  If you have anything to say to me I will remain in council, if not, and you wish, to consider this matter further, I will now leave the room, and will return any time you desire to ask me any questions.

KAY BAY GAH BOW:-  Well these men have listened to you, all that I called for from you.  They will take the matter under consideration and hare a talk among themselves this afternoon.  There is something more that I want to tell you.  The sum of money that you have been naming now; such promises as that is what I have been given in the past, naming great big sums of money to me.  It is a shame the way I have been treated; for any man to come here and name big sums of money to me, I am glad that you are an Indian Inspector.  The money due us that we make complaints a about, you must know why I don't get it. That is all I want to say in regard to these sums of money that you have been talking about.

Mr.McLAUGHLIN:-  I want to reply to my friends remarks, they are very good.  The sum of money that I offer is not based upon any­thing that is contingent, nor upon the appraisement of lands, nor upon the classification of lands, or anything of that kind.  It is simply a trade.  That is, you are giving so much land, for which the Government is giving you a definite amount of money at certain times.   It is a straight business transaction with two parties to the trade.  Men have not to be sent over there to see how many acres of land there are, or how many acres are good agricultural land, or how many acres are poor land, whether any of it is marshy, or how many acres of swamps there are.  We simply buy the land for so much money, the poor with the good.

In considering this matter in regard to the cession of that piece of land, and with reference to those who live on that tract of land, any of you who want to remain there, your names and the number



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