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This letter, dated May 26, 1954, from Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Chairperson Martin Cross to United States (US) Secretary of the Interior Douglas McKay raises the question of why a $200 per capita payment out of the tribes' own funds, proposed by the Tribal Council and approved by the both the Fort Berthold Agency Superintendent and the Area Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, was disapproved by the US Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
Cross wants to know why the Commissioner of Indian Affairs rejected the proposal when it had appeared that the proposal would be accepted, and argues for approval, citing both US Public Law 437 and US Public Law 843. He further notes that the majority of the tribal members on the reservation are unemployed and desperately need financial relief.
Resolution Passed by Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council Regarding Per Capita Payments, May 13, 1954
Letter from Martin Cross to Representative Burdick Regarding Per Capita Payments, May 27, 1954
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, per capita payments, US Public Law 437, PL-437, US Public Law 843, PL-843, unemployment
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council, US Department of the Interior
Martin Cross, Douglas McKay, Milton R. Young
Cross, Martin, "Letter from Martin Cross to Douglas McKay Regarding Per Capita Payments, May 26, 1954" (1954). Usher Burdick Papers. 159.