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This letter, dated March 27, 1956, from Jackson Ripley to Assistant Secretary of the United States (US) Department of the Interior Wesley D'Ewart (and copied to US Senator William Langer and US Representative Usher Burdick) describes the hardships that Ripley has experienced in ranching since he has been forced to relocate on the Fort Berthold Reservation due to the construction of the Garrison Dam. Ripley describes how he did very well before construction of the dam, and complains that the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council has not done their job to make sure that people could get re-adjusted following the relocation. Ripley says that he wants an immediate election for a new tribal council. A handwritten note at the top of the letter reads, "Fort Berthold."
Letter from Glenn Emmons to Representative Burdick Regarding Ranching Hardships Experienced by Ripley Family, May 17, 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, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, cattle, ranching, hardship, loan, payment
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
Jackson Ripley, Usher Burdick, William Langer, Wm. Zimmerman, Peter Chumberis, Wesley D'Ewart
Ripley, Jackson, "Letter from Jackson Ripley to Wesley D'Ewart Regarding His Hardship in Ranching Since Construction of the Garrison Dam and a Complaint about the Tribal Council, March 27, 1956" (1956). Usher Burdick Papers. 236.