Food on the Reservation

In 1885 Agent Chn. F. Stollstemer reported supplies were issued weekly at his agency. According to Indian Bureau instructions, a weekly issue included about one and three-quarters pounds of beef, the same quantity of flour, a few grains of coffee and sugar, and a little baking-powder, salt and soda – not enough to keep them from starving.
          The agent noted that they received no bacon, no corn, no potatoes, no beans. He stated:

there is no game left to speak of, it is hard to see how they will manage to exist. In former years, when game was plentiful on the reserve, they were furnished supplies in abundance. Now, when the game is nearly exterminated, their supplies are systematically reduced from year to year. If no relief is granted them, they will be compelled by hunger to steal cattle, and continuous troubles, perhaps an Indian war, will be unavoidable.

From “Report of Agent in Colorado,” Annual Report of the Commissioner of Indian Affairs 1885

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