Lawrence Taliaferro, 1830s
Lawrence Taliaferro, 1830s

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