Indian got any benefit for those 13 townships? Who authorized the opening of those 13 townships? Whether the Mississippi Indians got any benefit, or the Red Lake, Pillagers or any other Indians? I want to state to you all we know of this. We heard it was in three different ways. We understand that the farmers took this land, and then the pine men, and then again the Mississippi Indians.
How did Mr. R. B. Walker get possession of the pine lands along the southern boundary line within the reservation? Who gave authority to cut this pine timber? Who was it that got the benefit of this timber that was cut? And who was it that moved the line from this Little Burch Lake to Turtle Lake, that is called Little Turtle Lake by the whites? For a number of years pine was cut on the northern portion of our reservation, by Canadian trespassers. We heard that the United States arrested these trespassers and had them prosecuted for cutting timber along the northern boundary line and we hare never heard if the government had gotten any money from these trespassers. If the government has got any money from these trespassers we claim the money.
For the last 20 years there has been fishing going on along the lake shore inside our reservation, in the Lake of the Woods, by the whites, and we understand that the state of Minnesota was getting money out of those fisheries inside of our lines. If there is any money derived from those fisheries we Indians claim it.
We were given to understand by the treaty of 1863 that we were to get annuity cash payments for 15 years arid we got cash payments for only 14 years.
These are the grievances occurring out of our treaty of 1863.
Our understanding of the treaty of 1889 was that the diminished reservation line was to begin at the mouth of Thief River where it empties into Red Lake river; thence following the old reservation line