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 eleven western townships, Red Lake Indian Reservation, "council" proceedings, page 52



wagon loads, it would be over thirty-one tons.   The amount of money is very easily spoken, but if you think it over you will see what it represents.   The great advantage of this payment is, that it is a plain business transaction, it is not contingent or dependent upon any outside matter.  The first payment would depend entirely upon when the agreement would be ratified by Congress.  If I get this agreement before Congress any time within the next ten days I hope to it acted upon this Session.   Congress has two Sessions, the first Session is a long one and the second Session is a short one. This is the long Session, and therefore no knowing when it adjourns. However, as soon as the agreement would be ratified you would receive your first payment, within 90 days thereafter.

Now my friends, I do not see how I can add anything more to my explanations.  Everything that I have said to you up to the present time has been taken down here by the stenographer.  Every word that I have said and what you have said is recorded here, and a copy is left with you.  It is unnecessary for me to say anything more and I hope that you will see the wisdom of accepting this liberal offer that I have made you.   This is Saturday night and I would like very much to come to some agreement with you this evening, that I might prepare the agreement.  I never hold any councils on Sunday, but I could make out the agreement so as to have it ready to read to you Monday morning.   It would take me some time to prepare it, it is several hours work.   The agreement would be written in duplicate.  One copy forwarded to the Secretary of the Interior and the other left here at the Agency.   After it is signed by me, and by you people and the witnesses, not a single word, latter, or punctuation mark of it can be changed without coming back for your concurrence. It has to be accepted entire, else rejected in toto.

One thing must be determined before I can write out the


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