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This undated document is a draft of a bill to establish a procedure for the taking of "Indian lands." This draft bears considerable similarity to US Public Law 81-437, which came to be known as the "Taking Act." It identifies procedures and mechanisms by which the Tribes are to be compensated for lands and mineral rights, along with the costs for relocating residents, cemeteries, monuments, and shrines.
The bill draft also includes provisions for land appraisal and adjudication in the event an appraisal is rejected by a tribal member.
Tribal Land Program
An Act to Vest Title to Certain Lands of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, in the United States, and to Provide Compensation Therefor
The Taking Act, Taking Act, land taking, land seizure, land appraisal, mineral rights, land rights
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Army Corps of Engineers, United States Army, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Department of the Interior
author unknown, "Draft of a Bill to Establish the Procedure for Taking of Indian Lands and Rights for the Missouri River Development Projects; to Protect Indian Tribal and Personal Rights; to Provide for the Rehabilitation and to Secure the Economic Independence of said Indians, Undated" (2022). Usher Burdick Papers. 128.