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Issuing rations at the Sisseton Indian Agency, Dakota
Issuing rations at the Sisseton Indian Agency, Dakota
TitleIssuing rations at the Sisseton Indian Agency, Dakota
Date of Original1879
CreatorRogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionCollage of five scenes at the agency showing the process of distributing rations to the Indians.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectIndians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Interiors
Office workers
Indian agents
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Indians of North America - Food
Indians of North America - Subsistence activities
Indians of North America - Government relations
Organization NameUnited States. Office of Indian Affairs. Sisseton Agency
LocationLake Traverse Indian Reservation (N.D. and S.D.)
South Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.InS57.1
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original40 x 26 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"From sketches by W. P. Hooper" - With image caption.
Sketches at an Indian Agency. On page 273 our readers will find an interesting series of sketches made at the Sisseton Agency, Dakota, representing the method of drawing rations. Each Indian at the agency receives a ticket signed by the agent, on which is marked the number of his family. Armed with this ticket and provided with large sacks, he passes into the store-room, where he obtains the requisite amount of supplies - flour, sugar, tea, coffee, tobacco, salt, etc. A check from the store-keeper passes him into the cellar of the building, where he receives rations of pork. On the way home, after bagging their supplies, the noble Indian takes his ease on horseback, leaving his patient squaw to lug the provisions on her shoulders, or to share the burden with the much-abused dog. At most Indian agencies rations are issued weekly, but at Sisseton, where many of the Indians are engaged in farming, they are given out once a month only. Several Indians have each raised over three hundred bushels of wheat without the aid of white labor, and one gathered in last year a harvest of over five hundred bushels. This shows what the Indians are capable of doing under favorable conditions. At the Sisseton Agency one-third only of the supplies necessary for their support comes from the government. They obtain the remainder from their farms and by hunting and fishing." - Accompanying text in Harper's Weekly, p. 274.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
ContributorHooper, Will Phillip
Contributor RoleIllustrator
Bibliographic Reference"Sketches at an Indian Agency." Harper's Weekly, April 5, 1879. p. 274.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.InS57.1)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00068
Original SourceLithograph
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