Without meat, Sitting Bull gave up his dream of independence and asked the Canadian government for rations.
This system means the poorer tributes are more likely to be picked since they need the rations.
They queued at roadside snack stands for rations of peanuts, a holiday tradition.
1550, "reasoning," later, "relation of one number to another" (1660s), then "fixed allowance of food" (1702, often rations, from French ration in this sense), from Latin rationem (nominative ratio) "a reckoning, calculation, proportion" (see ratio). The military pronunciation (rhymes with fashion) took over from the preferred civilian pronunciation (rhymes with nation) during World War I.