Usher Burdick



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This statement dated March 1, 1955, by United States House Representative Usher Burdick, concerns the cattle project at the Fort Berthold Reservation. In the statement, Burdick acknowledges that the project is a good idea, but he criticizes the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs for not understanding the cattle business and that it takes time for such a venture to be profitable. Burdick encourages the Bureau to extend additional funds to the tribal members of Fort Berthold to give them a chance to be successful and self-supporting. Burdick notes that it took him several years to turn a profit in the cattle business and urges the Bureau to refinance the cattle loans.

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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cattle, cattle project, cattle program, loans, refinancing, livestock, agriculture

Organizations Referenced

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,

People Referenced

William Langer

Statement by Representative Burdick Regarding the Fort Berthold Cattle Project, March 1, 1955