PROCEEDINGS of a council held by James McLaughlin, U.S. Indian Inspector at Red Lake Agency, Minnesota with the Chippewa Indians belonging on the Red Lake Reservation, Minnesota, with reference to the cession of the western portion of their reservation.
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Council convened March 4th, 1902, at one o'clock p.m. with about 120 Indians in attendance. Peter Graves interpreting.
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R.E.L. DANIEL, Clerk in charge of Agency:-
My friends it is with very great pleasure that I introduce to you Mr. James McLaughlin, United States Indian Inspector, who comes amongst you representing the united States Government on business which he himself will explain to you. I desire further to congratulate you upon having Mr. McLaughlin, a man who has spent his life among the Indians and whose knowledge of your people, your interests and your needs is greater than any other man whom it has been my good fortune to meet in Indian work; and as your friend, for your own welfare I ask you to consider well what he will say to you in this council.
My Friends, an act of Congress of March 3rd, 1901, authorized the Secretary of the Interior, in his discretion, to negotiate through any United States Indian Inspector agreements with any Indians for the cession to the united States of portions of their respective reservations or surplus unallotted lands, any agreements thus negotiated to be subject to subsequent ratification by Congress, and I being one of the United States Indian Inspectors, hare been sent here by the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate with you Indians of the Red Lake Agency for a portion of your reservation, which portion it is believed you do not need, and from which you are deriving no benefit. The tract of land that I am directed to negotiate for is the western portion of your reservation, and is situated in nineteen