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 Indian Reservation, "council" proceedings, page 33



sent here to treat for.   All that we can say is that we want our Great Father to adjust our past grievances before we negotiate any more treaties with him.  We have also heard on the outside that you are going to offer us $2.50 per acre for the western portion of our reservation.  And we want to state to you the way we look at this, just like if we were going to buy money from you, all the money you had, and was going to offer you 12 ½ ¢ for every dollar that you had. If the leading men of the reservation consented to let any of their lands go they would like to hare the right to place their own price on it.


Well my friend, you see that the room is full of Red Lake Indians.  All of the Indians that are in this room that you see here, say as it is written in this paper that has been read to you.


Now my friend I am telling you that in your visit you make me, I hare said all that I will say before you, what I have said now ends our councils about the land that you have asked us for.


My friends, you have asked me a question.  You desire me to explain the status of Indian Reservations.   I explained that very carefully, and as I thought very plainly, at our first council, but I will state it again so that it will be clear to you,

The title to Indian lands, Indian reservations, not only this Red Lake reservation, but all other Indian reservations in the United States, the title of the Indian is simply the right of occupancy, that is to use it, and the same right passes down to his children, but they cannot dispose of the land to any person other

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