Usher Burdick



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Date of Work

January 22


This draft of a statement dated January 22, by United States House Representative Usher Burdick, addresses the distribution of potatoes and other food commodities to indigenous peoples in North Dakota. Burdick notes the various places that surplus food has been delivered in North Dakota and the reluctance that the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C. had had about the release of these commodities. Burdick questions the logic being employed by others that it is better to use the potatoes to feed cattle. Burdick closes the statement by addressing the dramatic cuts to welfare payments on reservations, which he notes will increase the need for more food commodities to be disbursed. There are several handwritten emendations on this draft.


potatoes, food, food commodities, welfare, payments

Organizations Referenced

Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota: Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Mikinaakwajiw-ininiwag, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Íŋyaŋ Woslál Háŋ, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation (South Dakota), Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Sisíthuŋwaŋ Waȟpéthuŋwaŋ oyáte, Unites States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Radio Gallery, Wahpeton School, Fort Totten-Turtle Mountain Agency, Standing Rock Agency, Turtle Mountain-Fort Totten Reservation, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission,

People Referenced

Rex Chaney, C. H. Beitzel, John B. Hart, Warren Spaulding

Draft of Statement by Representative Burdick on Distribution of Potatoes to North Dakota Indians, January 22