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 70




GAY BAY GAH BOW OINCE:-  The reservation that will be left after we cede the western portion, we want it to be an Indian Reservation for all time to come, and that we shall never be required to take allotments within the boundary thereof.  That is the wish of the Indians here. That is the most that they hate.  That is what they are afraid of.

MrMcLAUGHLIN:-  My friends, that question has been discussed a great deal since we commenced our councils.  I have told you that there would be nothing in the agreement that we are entering into, that would compel you to take allotments.  That is a matter in the future and entirely with yourselves.  But as this is probably the lat agreement will ever have in regard to any of these lands, at least for most of you old people, I deem it very important that you have a provision in the agreement that will provide for your taking allotments in case any of your people should want to, but there is nothing obligatory in the matter, and the way the law stands now, what is called the general allotment act, each person is only entitled to 80 acres of agricultural land.  Furthermore pine land or other timber land is not classed as agricultural land for allotment purposes.  I want to provide for you for the future, so that any time you may take allotments you will have the privilege of taking pine lands, and that when you do so you will be entitled to 160 acres each, every man, woman and child, regardless of the classification, whether agricultural or pine land,

My friends the way I have the agreement prepared, which I will read to you, your interests are fully protected.  I will take pains to make clear every paragraph in the agreement, and I will not tell you anything that is misleading, I will tell you exactly the meaning of each sentence and each word.  Now these two copies of the agree-

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