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 57


who are now located on the tract ceded, and have elected to come within the diminished reservation, also for the removal of the dead buried within the cession, I will make you another proposition.  The amount that I am going to recommend for the payment for the improvements of those people is $4200.00 and for the removal of the dead $800.00, making a total of $5000.00.  If you will promise, that out of the first payment made to you of this purchase money, that every man, woman and child (beneficiaries of the payment) will turn over to the disbursing officer who makes the payment, the sum of $4.00 each, so that he may pay to each of the persons to be compensated for his or her improvements thus abandoned, which will be paid to such persons in proportion to the value of their respective improvements, and for the removal of their dead to the diminished reservation, I will make the lump sum consideration $1,000,000.   The first payment of which to be $250,OOO, within 90 days after the agreement is ratified, and the remainder, $750,000 to be divided into fifteen annual payments of $50,000 each.  I make this offer as we are now so near together on price; and this is more than splitting the difference with you.  The period of annual payments is extended in this offer to fifteen years instead of ten years as in my former offer, but I think this longer period better for you, especially with the increased offer,

I have a list of the people who have improvements on the tract of land that will be ceded.   There are forty-two families, a total of one hundred and twenty-nine persons on the tract.  I intended to have an item of $4200. for the improvements that those people have down on that land, and $800. for the removal of the dead, making a total of $5000, to be paid to those people who come in here on the reservation. If you will meet that expense I will meet you part way on your proposition, and in case you accept my proposition the manner of pay­ments will be somewhat changed from the suggestion that I made you in

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