Senate ratification of the treaty did not occur for months. During that time, the Dakota suffered greatly from a lack of food while waiting for the treaty benefits--some of which were delayed many years.
"The Sioux . . . came into Fort Snelling in a [starving] condition from their hunts--there being no game to be found on the Ceded territory sufficient for the consumption of their families. The . . . bands of Mdewakantons . . . say 'we shall be rendered desperate, and we must See our Children Starve in our Lodges unless we soon get relief from the government'." Indian agent Lawrence Taliaferro, 1838
Indian agent Lawrence Taliaferro, 1838