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This letter, dated March 1, 1956, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to Frank Heart of Raub, North Dakota encloses a letter from the Secretary of the US Interior, Wesley D'Ewart, responding to questions that Heart had posed regarding issues with the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council elections and per capita payments. A handwritten note on the letter reads, "per cap pmts--Fort Berthold."
The enclosed letter, which is included with this document, dated February 29, 1956 from D'Ewart to Burdick, indicates that the US Department of the Interior recommended passage of US Senate Bill 2151 (S. 2151) providing for per capita payments and that an emergency per capita payment of $500 to each enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes be distributed immediately. D'Ewart's letter also outlines the election problems, explaining that the inundation of the Fort Berthold Reservation by the completion of the Garrison Dam changed the district representation, necessitating a change to the constitution. However, not enough members of the tribe voted to change the constitution, so the election for new council members could not be held. D'Ewart says that the election problem is being worked on.
Letter from Frank Heart to Representative Burdick Regarding US Senate Bill 2151, January 26, 1956
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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, US Senate Bill 2151, S. 2151, legislation, elections, amendments, tribal constitution, per capita payments, emergency
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
Usher Burdick, Frank Heart, Wesley D'Ewart
Burdick, Usher and D'Ewart, Wesley, "Letter from Representative Burdick to Frank Heart Regarding Letter from Wesley D'Ewart Which Answers Inquiries Made by Heart, March 1, 1956" (1956). Usher Burdick Papers. 214.