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This letter, dated August 10, 1954, from Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Chairperson Martin Cross to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick refers to enclosed copies of two sets of notes, one taken by the Tribal stenographer and the other by Superintendent Ralph Shane, from a July 15-17 meeting regarding the proposed release of tribal funds from the US Treasury in the form of per capita payments. During this meeting, a representative of the Bureau of Indian Affairs presented an alternative plan for the release of the tribes' funds in which the release of the funds would be tied to the termination of US federal services to the tribes.
Cross writes that the majority of speakers did not favor the plan put forth by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, finding it so complicated and confusing that they felt it necessary to reject it formally.
Cross asks that Burdick read the notes and comment on them, including his opinion on whether the Three Three Affililated Tribes did the right thing or not in rejecting the Bureau's plan.
The copies of notes referred to in the letter are included with this document, along with a resolution by the governing body of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation rejecting the US Bureau of Indian Affairs' plan and reinstating its own proposed plan.
Telegram from Martin Cross to Representative Burdick Inviting Burdick to Meeting July 15-17 Regarding Release of Tribal Funds Held in Trust in US Treasury, July 13, 1954
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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, funds held in trust, release of tribal funds, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, resolution
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 Treasury, US Bureau of Indian Affairs
Usher Burdick, Martin Cross, Homer Jenkins, Ralph Shane, W. O. Roberts, Ben Young Bird, Graham Holmes, David Painte, Martin Fox, Mike Mason, Walter Plenty Chief, Clarence Perkins, Q. R. Shulte, William Deane, Franklin Howard, Nora Painte, Levi Waters, George Crow Flies High, Byron Wilde, Guy Fox, Sam Lincoln, Philip Adkins, Mrs. Philip Adkins, Peter Star, Tom Spotted Wolf, Samuel B. Matthews
Cross, Martin, "Letter from Martin Cross to Representative Burdick Enclosing Transcripts of Notes from July 15-17 Meeting, August 10, 1954" (1954). Usher Burdick Papers. 169.