Chippewa Flowage Lake Association

History Documentation:

LETTER ABOUT FLOWAGE RIGHTS  1919 June, 4

Department of the Interior
Office of Indian Affairs
Washington, D.C.
June 4, 1919
(Received date stamped at Hayward Indian School June 9, 1919)

TO: Mr. R.C. Craige
 Superintendent Hayward Indian School

My Dear Mr. Craige,

  Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of May 16, 1919, forwarding the report of the proceedings of the tribal council of the Indians of the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, held May 6, 1919, at which the question of flowage rights desired by the Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power Company was considered.

  It is noted that the council voted in favor of selling the right to flood 310 acres in consideration of a payment of $100 per capita; or a total of $127,600.00; also that it rejected the offer of the company to make payment by turning over other lands owned by it.

  Inasmuch as you report that the company absolutely refused to pay the price demanded by the Indians, $20,000.00 being its maximum offer, and that your efforts at compromise where unsuccessful, it is not seen that any further action can be taken by the Office at this time, particularly as the Act of May 18, 1916 (39 Stat. L 123-157) makes the consent of the Indian a conditions precedent to granting any rights there under.

Very Truly Yours
E.B. Meritt
Assistant Commissioner


INVASIVE SPECIES AND WATER QUALITY CONCERNS
SAWYER COUNTY ZONING SUMMARY (PDF file)
AUGUST 2007 CHIPPEWA FLOWAGE FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN (PDF file)
 (NOTE: The Chippewa Flowage Lake Association does not endorse this management plan and we note that the water level comments in the plan do not concur with  Federal Energy Regulatory Commissions requirements.)
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