standing on these school sections has been cut off and nobody seems to know who has cut the timber off. After everything was accepted and ratified in our treaty of 1889 we were promised that we would not be bothered to dispose of any more of our diminished reservation, and we were given to understand that after the expiration of 50 years the money that was derived from the ceded lands was to be paid over to the Chippewas of Minnesota.
Another thing that was done here since that treaty of 18891 over 12 years ago, one of the leading head men, NE GUAN AH QUOD, by name, of the Cross Lakers, asked the Commissioners that came up to negotiate with the Chippewas, for some pine timber lands five miles above the mouth of Little Shotley Brook. And he was granted his request before the council. This we always thought and believed was within our treaty, and we find that they are cutting the timber off of this tract of land this winter.
On the last trip that the Red Lake Indians made to Washington they were told that there was $27,000. accumulated out of stumpage money that had been cut in years gone by. They were told that this money belonged to them. They said we could have this money any time we asked for it. We have asked for this money twice now since that promise at Washington, and we want this money paid to us now. We want it paid to us equally in cash, every man, woman and child.
Regarding the depredations committed by the Red Lake Indians and the Turtle Mountain Indians at the mouth of the Red Lake River, many years ago, we want the Turtle Mountain Indians to repay one-third of that amount. The Red Lake Indians had to pay all at that time. The Red Lake Indians paid it all and the Turtle Mountain Indians did not pay anything.
Another thing that I want to call your attention to. There has been lots of timber thieves caught stealing timber off of both the ceded and the diminished portions of our reservation and we have