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This letter, dated January 17, 1956, from Walter Plenty Chief, Sr. to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick provides Burdick with Plenty Chief's perspective on per capita payments. Plenty Chief expresses sadness over the loss of the bottom lands that are now flooded by the Garrison Dam and says that the people of the tribes want their full share of the money in the form of $1200 per capita payments. Plenty Chief says that he and members of the tribes have the competency to spend their own money wisely. A stamp at the top of this letter reads, "Please return to Congressman Burdick" and another indicates that it was received by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs on January 23, 1956.
Letter from Representative Burdick to Glenn Emmons Regarding US Senate Bill 2151 and Internal Tribal Conflict Regarding the Bill, February 15, 1956
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Court of Claims, per capita payments, taking, Taking Act, Public Law 437, PL 437
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Arickaree, Sahnish, US Bureau of Indian Affairs
Usher Burdick, Walter Plenty Chief Sr.
Plenty Chief, Walter Sr., "Letter from Walter Plenty Chief Sr. to Representative Burdick Regarding Per Capita Payments, January 17, 1956" (1956). Usher Burdick Papers. 198.