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 59


My first offer provides for one large payment and ten annual installments for the remainder.  My last offer is $1,000,000 with one large payment, and remainder in fifteen annual installments. My last offer is $34,330. more than my first offer after providing $5000. for removal of the Indians.

Now my friends, had you not been so patient and reasonable in your demands I would not hare made you this offer, and it may meet with disapproval, but I hope my report in the premises will make it properly understood by the Department, and by Congress, and that it will be accepted.  A million dollars in even money, you can all keep track of that, there is no fraction of dollars in it.  One-fourth of the entire amount, $250,000, is for the first payment, the other three-fourths, or $750,000, will be paid to you in fifteen annual installments of $50,000 each.

My friends, I am very reluctant to make you this offer, but you have done your part real well and I feel that I want to do the best I can to meet your wishes.  Now you can determine upon which of these propositions you will accept, and I am ready to prepare the agreement on either offer, but above this last offer that I have made it is absolutely impossible for me to raise one cent.

Council adjourned at 11 A.M. Monday March 10th.

                                Council reconvened Monday 2 P.M. March 10th, 1902.

Mr. McLAUGHLIN:-  My friends, I have responded to your call, I am now here to receive your answer.

WAM WAAH WE YAZ CUMIG:-  I want to say a few words to you just as I think. It is twice now that I have come to the councils that you have been holding with the Indians here and the first time I was here you was called on to show your authority.  When your

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