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 11 western townships, Red Lake Reservation, "council" proceedings, page 29



exclude them.  I know that you hare received letters from parties advising against any cession.  Before I left Washington I learned that there were letters coming out here telling you not to consider any proposition presented for the cession of any portion of your reservation.   Those people are not your friends in this matter. They hare a selfish object in view, something in the back of that, that you don't see.  They want to get your lands opened under the act of 1889, by which the surplus money will all go into the common fund and they receive a portion of the proceeds, but the proposition that I offer you is for you alone, you are the only ones that will get any benefit from it.

We will now adjourn until tomorrow.

Council adjourned at 4.45 P.M.


Council reconvened Friday March 7th, 1902.  2 P.M.

Charles Morrison interpreting.

MR. McLAUGHLIN:  Well my friends we meet here again.
You have sent for me to give your answer.  I am now ready to listen
to anything that you have to say to me.

ME ZHAH KE BE NAIS:  My friend, you told us that you are an Indian Inspector.  We want to tell you that we are going to meet you as friends.  We have put on paper all that the Red Lake Indians want to say to you.   Now we will state all that was put down in writing by us.

P.C. ROY (reading).

The Red Lake Indians omitted some of their claims in the last Session of our councils, in regard to the treaty of 1889. They are the following:- The townships that are in question that we want to speak to you about is township 159, range 34.

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