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 58


the first offer.  My friends, you have been so good since we have assembled in our councils and been so patient and willing to discuss this matter so thoroughly among yourselves, and so very gentlemanly with me, that my heart has warmed for you very much and I want to do the very best for you that can be gotten through Congress.

There are 1332 of you people on the rolls today and if each of you persons turn in $4.00 out of the first payment it would make more than the necessary $5000.  Turn this amount over to your agent for him to pay to those of you who abandon your locations in the ceded tract, in proportion to the value of the respective improvements. On those conditions I will give you an even million dollars for the cession, (that is a fraction over $3.90 per acre) of which amount I would have the agreement provide for the payment to you of $250,000 for the first payment, within 90 days after the ratification of the agreement, and figuring upon 1340 persons, as in the other proposition, would be $186.55, per capita, for each man, woman and child, for the first payment, and the remaining $750,000 to be divided into fifteen annual installments of $50,000 each, which figured upon a basis of 1340 persons, would be $37.30 per capita, for each man, woman and child for fifteen years.

Now my friends, you have heard two propositions from me, the one of $960,670 which I have offered you before, with $260,670 for the first payment and ten annual installments for the remainder, and I will add $5000. to that first offer to pay Indians coming within the diminished reservation for their improvements on the ceded tract, and for removal of their dead.  You now have my both offers, in the first offer the Government pays for the improvements of those who abandon their improvements out there.  My second offer is over $39,000 more, but you are to reimburse the Indians coming in from the ceded tract, the amount of which is not to exceed $5000.

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