Download Full Text (801 KB)
These excerpts from a letter dated April 28, 1956, were sent from a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation to United States (US) Senator Richard Neuberger regarding the cancellation of a Tribal Business Council election in September 1954. The handwritten letter in its entirety, written by Carl Whitman, Jr., was also filed with US Representative Usher Burdick's papers. The letter is an appeal for help with elections on the reservation. The reservation requires redistricting following inundation due to the construction of the Garrison Dam; however, the tribal constitution cannot be changed without at least a thirty percent vote by the tribe, which the tribe was unable to attain in part due to the fact that absentee voting is not permitted. Whitman writes that he has seen other tribes dealt with differently and would like help restoring the tribes' Constitutional right to vote.
Letter from Carl Whitman, Jr. to Representative Burdick Reporting that Members of the Three Affiliated Tribes were Deprived of their Right to Vote in a Tribal Business Council Election, April 28, 1956
Date of Work
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, vote, voting, right to vote, Tribal Constitution, amendment, redistricting, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, inundation, absentee voting, community boundaries
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, US Bureau of Indian Affairs
Carl Whitman Jr., Usher Burdick, Harold L. Ickes, Martin Cross, Richard Neuberger
Whitman, Carl Jr., "Excerpts from Letter from a Member of the Three Affiliated Tribes to Representative Neuberger, April 28, 1956" (1956). Usher Burdick Papers. 281.