dams, such as you refer to, and any damage done to the property of individuals has to be paid for by the parties who are benefitted by the construction of such dams. This would apply to your reservation lands, should any of your lands be damaged so as to make them less valuable.
Our present laws give the right of appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States, with any case originating in the lower court and regularly carried up to the Supreme Court. The privilege of having a case adjudicated by the Court of Claims is usually authorized by act of Congress. No authority is vested in me in these questions, and therefore cannot be considered by me. But your statements in regard to these matters will appear in the minutes of our councils, which will be forwarded with our agreement and will, if agreement is ratified, appear printed in the public document.
Regarding the name, Red Lake and Pembina bands of Chippewa Indians, as you people of Red Lake Reservation have heretofore been known-by, I regard it unnecessary to continue that name hereafter, as those of you who were formerly of the Pembina band have now almost, if not entirely, lost your identity as Pembinas, having been merged into the Red Lake band by intermarriage or long residence. Our agreement will provide that only those Indians belonging on the Red Lake Reservation will share in its benefits, and that you possess your diminished reservation independent of any other of the Chippewa bands.
We will now adjourn so that I may prepare the agreement.
Council adjourned at 4 P.M. Monday March 10th.1902.
Council reconvened Monday March 10th, 7.30 P.M.
Mr.McLAUGHLIN:- I will say my friends that I have the agreement prepared and I will now read it to you if you are ready to hear