money is concerned, and at the same time you retain your share of the proceeds of the ceded land, that is the lands ceded by the agreement of 1889. Now it is for you to decide whether you want this protection that I offer you or take your chances under the act of January 14, 1889, whereby the proceeds of your surplus lands, after your allotments are made, will go into the common fund of the Chippewas of Minnesota and each receive a proportionate share, but my offer secures the proceeds of this cession to you Indians of Red Lake reservation alone.
It is to the interest of the Indians of the other Chippewa Agencies of Minnesota to have you reject this proposition so that these lands may be opened under the act of 1889, that they may thus share in the proceeds, and the selfishness of some of those people has been such as to try and prevent and discourage you in accepting any proposition or entering into an agreement for any of your lands.
I wish my friends that I could understand and speak the Chippewa Indian language, as well as my friend, the interpreter here. If I could I would remain with you here this evening in your councils, and am confident that I could convince you of the wisdom of your accepting this proposition. The white people demand the land and the Department Officials desire to help you and allow you the best condition possible, which is evidenced by what I have offered you. I am on record, and therefore the Department is on record, in the offer that I have made you of $3.75 per acre. A very liberal offer. The highest offer I ever made for land. I never gave more than $2.50 per acre for Indian reservation lands in any agreement that I have made; the most of them being for a great deal less. How bear in mind when you are considering this that the offer that I have made you is a very liberal one. This offer will go before the Department and go before Congress and they will see that it has been made to you, and I hope that you will not reject it. If it is accepted by you