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, page 63

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question.

WAM WAZH WE YEZ CUNIG;-  Well my friend, I will now place before you what we are ready to say.  In my treaty here I only want to say, before we have the treaty written out and prepared, that I give you the land that you come to ask for.  I cede that land to the United States and also accept your proposition in the manner you have proposed that the money shall be paid to us.  Now we will commence and place before you our proposition which we wish to have included in the agreement we make with you.  When we conclude a treaty here between us we are aware that it is not binding upon us until it is ratified by Congress, and of course we will have a copy of the agreement and after Congress ratifies the agreement we will know that the agreement is binding, and we will expect that every clause in the agreement will be binding and that it will be fulfilled. In placing before you our proposition which we wish to include in the agreement there will be certain matters which we will insist upon, which we wish very much should be included in the agreement.  In making the agreement we wish an article included that in case the Government should not fulfill the promises, or if we should miss any of the promises that you have made here, which our treaty will show, we wish to have the privilege of going to Washington to let the officials know what we think is missing.  We want it also stated in the agreement that when the agent comes to make the payments we want the money divided among the Indians, we don't want any money left unpaid.  We wish some of our young men who can read and write, to see that all of the money that the agent is authorized to pay us is equally divided among us.  I don't think it has been done heretofore in payments to the Indians.  Our wish is that every cent of the money will be divided among the Indians, and we don't want anybody to stick any of it in his




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