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 11 western townships, Red Lake Indian Reservation, "council" proceedings, page 60

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authority was read I felt that I understood it thoroughly.  I listened attentively to the reading of your authority to see if I could catch anything that would cause me to be afraid of anything, but I could not see anything of that in the authority when it was read to me.  The authority that was given you as it was read to me, and as I understood it, you hare the authority to come here and make a treaty with the Indians, one that will be fair to each side. Everybody was glad when they understood your authority, that in making the treaty it should be for the benefit of both sides, and anything done should not be unjust to either side, and that anything done should be for the good of both sides.  So my friend, you don't want to be surprised if it takes us long to come to a conclusion, as we must think what will be the best for us to take.  We will think of what you have said, and then we may make up our minds as to which will be the best for us.  We don't expect to labor very long until we come to a conclusion.  We are getting close to an understanding and it won't be long now until we make an agreement.  We have told you that you must take our proposition if we cede the land that you are asking us for, and must make the treaty on our proposition.  There are a few more wishes that we are going to place before you, for your consideration, and to hear what you will say regarding them.

I do not think if your authority had been otherwise than it is that I would have sat in one place longer than a second, unless you would have given me a new mind or have made a different man out of me.

I will now bring up the discussion that these men have had since you left this room.  There is nothing outside that we want to talk about, only what we are talking about inside shall be included in our treaty.  In regard to the division that you said would be made of the money coming from this treaty, we expect that all of it will be included in the payment, also to pay certain Indians for their improve-




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