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This letter dated March 12, 1958, from the Reverend Harold W. Case to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick, advocates for naming the Garrison Dam reservoir "Lake Sakakawea." Case acknowledges there is opposition to this proposal, but argues that since the woman by this name was raised among the Hidatsa of Forth Berthold, and since the members of the Fort Berthold Reservation have suffered the heaviest economic loss of the those affected by the Missouri River Development Program, it would be meaningful and right to name the lake after Sakakawea. Case adds that naming the reservoir "Lake Sakakawea" would help towards the goal of increasing tourism to North Dakota. In a handwritten note after his signature, Case reveals he spent "35 years on Ft. Berthold."
At the time of writing, Case served as the director of the Community Relations Ministry of North Dakota, which was part of The Board of Home Missions of the Congregational and Christian Churches, based in New York.
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Missouri River Development Program, Garrison Dam, Garrison Diversion, Garrison Reservoir, Lake Sakakawea, H. R. 10445
Community Relations Ministry of North Dakota, The Board of Home Missions of the Congregational and Christian Churches, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish
Usher Burdick, Sakakawea, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Truman B. Douglass, William F. Frazier, Stanley U. North, Harold W. Case
Case, Harold W., "Letter from Harold W. Case to Representative Burdick Regarding Reservoir Name, March 12, 1958" (1958). Usher Burdick Papers. 234.