thirds of this amount goes to the
Chippewas of Lake
Superior, and one-third to those of the Mississippi.
OFFICE OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
Washington, December 8, 1884
SIR: I am I receipt of your letter
dated the 29th
ultimo, in which you state that four years ago you were called to this
converse on matters concerning your reservation; that while here you
informed that there was due to your people the sum of $118,400; that
would be paid in annual installments; that 50,000 thereof was drawing
and that said interest would be paid to the Chippewas.
You want to
know why these promises have not been kept, and that you be informed in
what you are to expect, etc.
In reply I
have to state that on the recommendation of this office, on the 5th
day of April 1880, a bill was introduced in Congress to authorize the
of the Interior to fulfill certain treaty stipulations with the
Indians of Lake Superior and Mississippi. This
bill proposed an appropriation of the sum of
$118,406.29, being the
total amount arising from the balances of appropriations under treaties
said Indians and covered into the Treasury between the years 1843 and
inclusive. And the aggregate difference
between the coin value of payments made in currency during the years
1864, and the amounts due in coin by treaty stipulations with interest
at 5 per
cent, per annum, from the date of Treasury warrants to February 6, 1880.
of this bill provided that of the above amounts $38,400.29 should be
the said Indians and that the remainder, $80,000, should remain in the
to draw interest at 5 per cent., said interest to be paid annually per
or expended for the benefit of the Chippewas, under the direction of
Secretary of the Interior.
never became law through the failure of Congress to take action, and
office has exhausted its endeavors to obtain the appropriation named.
Head Chief of Lac Court
(Care United States Indian Agent, La
Pointe Agency, Wis.)
the speech of Hon. Jacob H. Stewart, of Minnesota, in the House of
Representatives, delivered Monday, February 24, 1879, on the bill (H.R.
making appropriations for civil expenses of the Government for the
ending June 30, 1880, and for other purposes, as printed in the
Record, March 1, 1879, under "Sundry Civil Appropriation Bill." The speech referred to contains the report
of the committee on this subject.
are now out, sent by the Chippewas of Lake Superior to those of the
Mississippi, inviting them to send delegates to meet in convention at
Wisc., on January 11 next, for the purpose of employing claim agents to
and collect the amount found due, to, and including the year 1878, as
the Indian Office, April 5, 1880, viz. $118,400, with interest to date
at 5 per
cent., $59,200; total, $117,600.
agents expect the Indians to allow them 15 per cent. of the amount. It can but be detrimental to the Indians
thus harassed, kept in suspense, and finally compelled to pay to others
commission in order to secure the payment of a just claim against the
Indians have an old saw-mill, but for want of repairs it can not be
flouring-mill, not being properly cared for, was burned a short time
for want of repairs had not been running for several years. Consequently the Indians such as had grain
have been compelled to go many miles to have it ground.
When in the
settlements of the whites, to say nothing of the ex-