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 54

 

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sufficient to pay for removing the dead to the diminished reservation, if they wish to bring them in here.

SHAH WEUM AH CUM IG ISH KUNG:-  One thing that has been making me feel very bad is that I have a grave out at my place.  I did not want the white man to disregard the grave.   I came up here from there some time ago and a Norwegian set my house on fire and burned it up.  The only thing that I have there now is the little garden that I had when I had my house.  I don't want to stay over there, I want to come here.  It is the wish of all the Indians to have us Indians out there to come in upon the reservation, and it is also the wish of all of us out there to come in.

GIE ME WEUM:-  We are not quite through with our talk with you. We have already told you about our former treaties and all that is lying around us.  That is what we will attend to tomorrow.  We have only said a little to you of what we want to say.  One and all of us want this reservation, that will be left here for us, to remain intact for at least forty years, so that nobody can disturb us in that time.  The coming generation will probably do different when they grow up.  They will probably hear the old people talk about pine in their days.  That is what we are going to leave to our children.  We want to hold this land for forty years before it can be sold. If disposed of we have to give our consent to the Government.

McLAUGHLIN:-  My friends, you all look pleasant and I fell pleasant also,  I think we are just in the right humor for some of you to rise up and say that you accept my offer, and then designate about six men, two or three of you young men, who speak, read and write the English language, and two or three of you old men, to come with me to the office and prepare the agreement, so as to have it ready for Monday morning.  Remember my friends, it requires the signatures




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