Minneapolis Star-Tribune: July 14, 1900
RED LAKE INDIANS RESTIVE
Holding a War Dance - Settlers are Arming for Trouble
The dangers or an outbreak by the Blanket Indians on Red Lake is increasing. The Indian police from the agency have gone over to the point where the Blanketers are holding their war dance, and it is expected trouble will ensue.
Bulletins In Chippewa have been posted, warning all friendly Indians and whites to remain away from the point or suffer the consequences.
Twenty mounted men have left Solway and will proceed to the agency and take instructions from Indian Agent Mercer.
The men are all well-armed, and carry each a thousand rounds of extra ammunition, which will be distributed among the settlers.
A petition will be sent to Gov. Lind tomorrow asking that a detachment of State troops be sent to Red Lake at once.
It is estimated that the entire force of Indians numbers over 300 at present. The squaws and papooses have been sent north, and only the young bucks remain at the point.
The white settlers at the point are preparing for an attack. The Indians at the agency have assured the whites of their full support, but it is thought that many of them are going over to the Blanketers. Nothing has been heard from Capt. Mercer since his departure for the lake, and fears are entertained for his safety.