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 55


of all of you people.  You hare been very patient in remaining here all week, but I want you to remain until I have your names to the agreement, after that you are at liberty to go to your homes.  I don't want to tax your patience too far, but if you will remain here tomorrow and Monday I would like it very much, I have arranged with the overseer, Mr. Sullivan, to get some beef and have it here Monday morning for you people, and I hope that those of you people here tonight will send for your friends who have gone home, or who have not been at any of our councils, so that they may be here Monday to sign the agreement.

Now, I put the question, - Do you accept my proposition and will you appoint the committee to meet me tomorrow at one o'clock at the office to commence preparing the agreement upon the lines that we have been talking of?    No Answer.

I wish to say, that after the agreement is prepared it will be brought here in council and read to you.   Every word will be explained to you, section by section and paragraph by paragraph, so that you will understand it before any of you are asked to sign it.

GAY BAY GOB BOW:-  We will excuse you for tonight for we wish to stay here and talk over the matter.

Mr. McLAUGHLIN:-  I will retire from the council and if you accept my proposal let me know so that I may prepare the agreement, and I will say before bidding you good night, that I hope you will see the wisdom of accepting my offer and come to that conclusion tonight so that I can prepare the papers tomorrow.

Council adjourned Saturday 11.30 P.M.

Council reconvened Monday March 10th, 9.30 A.M.

Mr. McLAUGHLIN:-  My friends we adjourned Saturday night and I was expecting a reply sometime during the night but am very well pleased

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