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 65


have considerable of the agreement prepared.  I will now go to the office and write out the agreement in full, and will make two copies of it, one of which will be left with you.  When it is prepared and ready for your signatures I will bring it here and have it interpreted to you section by section so that every word of it will be understood. It will be on the lines that we hare discussed and the conclusions we have reached.  When you have heard this agreement read you will see that it covers all important points.  In regard to your claims that you speak of we have them all down in our minutes, which you have a copy of.  The minutes of our councils show your claims as stated by you and will go forward with the agreement.  And apart from this I will submit the substance of them as promised when I said, if we concluded an agreement your grievances would not only be submitted in the minutes of our councils, but that I would also refer to them in a special report.

My friend raised the question about the entire amount of money that you would be entitled to under the proposed agreement. I will explain that.  I make all my agreements read very clearly and you would understand yours.  There can be no mistake about the payments for the reason that each payment for a certain amount of money would be distinctly provided.  You all know that you would receive $250,000 the first payment.  Any of our young men who can read and write, and there are a number of them here, can take the rolls and ascertain the number of people that are going to share in the payment, and divide the total amount of money by the number of persons and you then have exactly the amount each one should receive.  The entire amount will be paid out equally among you, not one dollar of it will be returned to the Treasury.  The same applies to the subsequent payments, the following fifteen annual installments.  You can divide the amount of money by the number of people and find out whether you

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