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This letter dated March 14, 1952, from North Dakota State Highway Commissioner S. W. Thompson to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick, addresses the issue of building new roads within the Fort Berthold Reservation. Specifically, Thompson writes about the need for new roads on account of the Garrison Reservoir, namely a proposed extension of State Highway 22 to connect to Lost Bridge Road. Thompson notes that the funds needed for this project go beyond the state budget and that tribal members are unwilling to relocate because of the dam without assurance there will be adequate road access in their new location. Thompson mentions that Director John Hart of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission is requesting additional appropriations for building roads connected to the relocation of tribal members. Thompson closes the letter by asking Burdick to consider these needs and to keep Thompson apprised of the situation.
Letter from Representative Burdick to S. W. Thompson Regarding Lost Bridge Road, March 21, 1952
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Lost Bridge Road, taking, land taking, reclamation, land seizure, relocation, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion
North Dakota State Highway Department, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish,
Usher Burdick, John Hart
Thompson, S. W., "Letter from S. W. Thompson to Representative Burdick Regarding Lost Bridge Road, March 14, 1952" (1952). Usher Burdick Papers. 224.