Monday, May 29, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 28

May 29, 1911 – The United States Court of Claims today rendered a decision that awards the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians of Minnesota nearly a $1,000,000, representing claims of the band against the United States. The controversy over this matter has been going on for about 15 years.

After the opinion was announced by the court, it was stated by a representative of the attorney general that the case would be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. The suit of the Indians was for timber land on the Mille Lac reservation in Minnesota, which, they contended was wrongfully taken from them by the government from 1872 to 1903, during which period the land was thrown open to settlers in violation of the treaty obligation of 1863-1864.

The Indians were represented by Daniel D. Henderson and C. E. Richardson of Washington, and F. W. Honghton of Milwaukee, George B. Egerton of St. Paul and Harvey Clapp of Duluth, while George H. Anderson appeared for the government.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Mille Sacs (sic) Indians Win Case Against the U. S.. Court of Claims Awards Chippewas nearly $1,000,000, After 15 Years’ Contest. Suit for Land Alleged to Have Been Wrongfully Taken to Be Appealed.”; May 30, 1911; p. 1.


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