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 49

 

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sent here for and we want to be successful also. Now my friend, I will tell you what I think is the value of what you come to ask me for. This is the piece of land that I was keeping for my children that you are here asking me for. I value my land that you ask for, at $10.00 per acre.  That will be the only price that I will be willing to sell that land for.   As long as earth lasts that land will be there. There is a great deal of money derived from lands that hare been ceded by these Indians, and that is why I hare set this price on the land you hare come to get from me.  We are talking here together, God is listening to us, that is why I do not want anything but the truth. That is all that I want to say to you.

KE ME WUM:-  I will now tell you the wish of these Indians that you come to visit, about the property you ask for.  My friend, you have asked from me a good deal of land.  That land is very nice land.  That land that you came to ask me for is the land that I thought the most of, and that is the only piece of land that we have on the reservation, that is of that quality. And now we have made each other understand the values that we have set.  Of course I know that you are white and that you have riches.  That you know how to take care of your riches, and that is why these Indians have told you that they know why you want this land.  After that land is plowed, that you come to ask me for, it will increase in value.  There is something else on that land which, if we cut and secure, we can sell, and that is hay,  Now God is a witness to what we have said to each other.

Mr. McLAUGHLIN:-      I want to first ask my friend here if he did not make a mistake in the price he set upon the land.  It don't seem possible that he means $10.00 per acre.  Because that price is out of all reason.  Now my friends, I explained the matter very fully



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