An Indian interpreter negotiates treaty payments in 1856
Truman A. Warren to George Warren, April 2, 1856
Truman Warren and his brother George served as official U.S. interpreters to the Chippewa, George on the Crow Wing reservation and Truman at Gull Lake. In 1854, a section of land in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota was ceded to the United States in a treaty signed at La Pointe. One year later, the chiefs of the main Chippewa tribes concerned were called back for a revision that resulted in an increase in the amount of ceded land. In this letter, dated 1856, Truman discusses his role in the settlement of the claims between the Indians and the fur traders resulting from the 1855 treaty revisions.