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This letter dated January 30, 1950, from Mountrail Country Extension agent M.A. Kirkeide to United States (US) Senator William Langer alerts Langer to “the food and clothing situation of the Indians on the Fort Berthold Reservation.” Kirkeide writes that the Reverend P.C. Petersen has visited homes in Fort Berthold and “feels that unless the Indians are given more food some of them will starve to death this winter.” Kirkeide asks whether more of North Dakota’s surplus of potatoes can be shipped to the reservation and distributed there to relieve the situation. Kirkeide elaborates that Peterson understands that potatoes have been shipped to “Elbow Woods (sic), but the Indians living at Sanish and Shell Village, which is some distance away, had not received any.” Kirkeide concludes by saying this matter needs prompt attention.
Telegram from Senator Langer to M.A. Kirkeide Regarding Lack of Food and Clothing on the Fort Berthold Reservation, February 2, 1950
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Elbowoods, starvation
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Shell Village, Mountrail Country Extension Service
William Langer, M.A. Kirkeide, P.C. Peterson
Kirkeide, M.A., "Letter from M.A. Kirkeide to Senator Langer Regarding Lack of Food and Clothing on the Fort Berthold Reservation, January 30, 1950" (1950). William Langer Papers. 700.