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 48

 

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of persons in your families should be given me so that I may calculate accordingly.  If you remain there you have to take allotments, and your allotments will not be taxed for twenty-five years, but your personal property will be taxed.  Within the reduced reservation it is different.  Any of you located on the tract covered by the proposed cession, who come in upon the reservation will be paid for what improvements you leave there.  Houses, fences and any other improvements.   Each man will receive his own individual allowance. The payment for such improvements will not come out of the price I offer for the ceded tract, that will be made separate and apart from the land, and it will be so provided in the agreement.  But those of you who remain out there must bear in mind that to hold your locations you must take allotments at once.

We will now adjourn until any time you send for me. Council adjourned at 3,30 P.M.

Council reconvened Saturday March 8th, 9 o'clock P.M.

MrMcLAUGHLIN:-  My friends, I understand you wish to see me and I am ready to hear what you have to say,

SHAH WEUM AH CUM IG ISH KUNG:  My friend, now is the time that we must talk together.

The authority that you have from the Government, I have similar authority from the Indians here.   These Indians have talked over your proposition and have done a good deal of thinking over the matter.  They have never heretofore done as they do now in making up their minds to do one thing.   The way it has been heretofore the Indians have accepted anything that the white man has proposed to them. You have the authority and you want to make a success of what you are


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