are entitled to under the present act. This is something which is well for you to consider. Under the present act it is doubtful whether you are entitled to allotments of pine lands, the rulings have been against it up to the present time, but I can provide for such in any agreement we may conclude. I an, however, not going to press the question of allotments upon you. I leave that entirely with yourselves, but I advise you to have an article incorporated in the agreement providing for the allotments of 160 acres each within your diminished reservation, as it will exist if we conclude an agreement. With this offer that I make you for the land that we are negotiating for, $960,670 in cash, I can provide for 160 acres each for your allotments within the reduced reservation if you so desire, and have the allotments either timber or agricultural land, it matters not which, it will be made to apply to either. However, if you don't want the matter of allotments touched upon that can remain just as it is, but then you are only entitled under the law as it now stands, to 80 acres each, and I can make provision giving each man, woman and child 160 acres. And as I told you in our first council I can provide for compensating those of you who now reside on that western tract, paying you for the improvements you have if you elect to come within the diminished reservation. You may remain where you are if you desire, but in the latter event you would have to take allotments there at once in order to hold your claims.
Now my friends, I am here to try and have you understand this matter fully; it is the desire of the Department to protect you people. The cession of that piece of land under the agreement that I can prepare will provide for your protection upon the reduced reservation and will leave you people entirely independent of all other Chippewa Indians so far as your reservation is concerned and so far as this