the desire of Commissioner Sells that
the Indians be allowed to conduct
their deliberations without any inter
ference either from government of
ficials or others and the results of this
council demonstrate that his confi
dence in the ability of the Indians to
carry on the council properly was
Assistance and advice as to the
claims was given the council by Dean
Ashley who has been missionary
among the Sioux for 45 years and who
was present when some of the treat
ies were signed by the Indians.
THE CLAIM THAT IS MADE.
The Sioux Indians have been try
ing for many years to get their claim
against the government considered,
but this is the first time that a full
council of all Indian tribes and bands
interested has met with duly elected
and accredited representatives.
The claims were considered by
the council and formulated for pre
sentation. The substance of the claim
is that at the time the treates were
signed with the various guards in the
'70s, only a small percentage of the
Indians were really present and took
part in the deliberations, that many
of those who signed the treaties were
not duly selected to represent the In
dians, that the treaties as reported to
congress by the commissioners and
as approved by congress had not been
fully explaned to the Indians and that
the compensation given the Indians
by congress for the vast territory
ceded was only a small part of what
the Indians were promised.
There are living today a consider
able number of Indians and white
people who took part and heard these
treaties made, and the concensus of
opinion seems to be that they have a
Before anything can be done to
allowr this claim it is necessary for
congress to pass a law authorizing the
claim to be considered by the court
of claims. Such a bill has passed
the Senate and is now pending before
the House, but may not pass at this
session on account of the reluctance
of congress to consider anything but
war measures. Commissoner Sells
has authorized this council to send
a delegation of three to Washington to
report the result of their deliberations
and present their claims and every
effort will be made to secure the early
passage of the bill and secure the
adjudication of the claim.—Sioux City
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