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This statement dated March 1, 1955, by United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick praises the Fort Berthold Indian Agency for encouraging tribal members to get into the cattle business in order to become self-sufficient, but criticizes the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs for not understanding the cattle business, specifically that it takes time for such a venture to reach profitability. Burdick encourages the Bureau to extend additional loans to the tribal members of Fort Berthold to give them a chance to be successful and self-supporting, noting that the funds for the loans are tribal funds, not taxpayers' money. Burdick cites his own experience in the cattle business, noting that it took him several years to improve and built up a herd to the point of success.
The date is handwritten at the top of the document, and an earlier draft of the speech is attached, which contains many handwritten notes and emendations.
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Bureau of Indian Affairs, cattle, cattle project, cattle program, loans, refinancing, livestock, agriculture
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Bureau,
William Langer, Usher Burdick
Burdick, Usher, "Statement by Representative Burdick Regarding the Fort Berthold Cattle Project, March 1, 1955" (1955). Usher Burdick Papers. 378.