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This undated letter from Mrs. Richard C. Andrews to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick urges Burdick to support the proposed legislation to name the Garrison Dam reservoir "Lake Sakakawea." Andrews notes she is writing as a representative of the "Ladies Aides of the Congregational Churches of Dawson, Tappen, Weiser Township, and Pettibone, North Dakota." Andrews further asserts that naming the reservoir after Sakakawea will strengthen the morale of the "first Americans" who have been "unjustly treated," and she closes by proposing the new name will make North Dakota more appealing to tourists.
There are some handwritten notations, likely from Burdick's office, on the letter, one of which is the date "3/26," but it is unclear what this date refers to.
Garrison Dam, Garrison Diversion, Garrison Reservoir, Lake Sakakawea, Lewis and Clark Expedition, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Kidder County Congregational Parish, Ladies Aides of the Congregational Churches of Dawson Tappen Weiser Township and Pettibone
Sakakawea, Merriwether Lewis, William Clark, Usher Burdick, Richard C. Andrews
Andrews, Mrs. Richard C., "Letter from Mrs. Richard C. Andrews to Representative Burdick Regarding Reservoir Name" (2022). Usher Burdick Papers. 233.