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This letter, dated May 3, 1956, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to J. Reuel Armstrong, Solicitor of the US Department of Indian Affairs, brings attention to the friction within the Three Affiliated Tribes. The letter details the primary complaints from tribal members about the Tribal Business Council, which includes the complaint that tribal members were denied their right to vote for a new tribal council in September 1954. Burdick provides an overview of the reasons why the election has been delayed and encloses excerpts from Carl Whitman Jr.'s letter to US Senator Richard Neuberger. Burdick requests Armstrong's opinion on these matters. The excerpts from Whitman's letter are not enclosed with this document.
Excerpts from Letter from a Member of the Three Affiliated Tribes to Representative Neuberger, April 28, 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, tribal election, conflict, per capita payment, Tribal Constitution, by-laws, redistricting, inundation, re-location, farmers, ranchers, relief, vote, stipend, unauthorized
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 Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior
J. Reuel Armstrong, Usher Burdick, Carl Whitman Jr., Martin Cross
Burdick, Usher, "Letter from Representative Burdick to J. Reuel Armstrong, Solicitor, Regarding Conflict within the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, May 3, 1956" (1956). Usher Burdick Papers. 285.