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This letter, dated May 14, 1956, from Bigelow Neal of Sanish, North Dakota, to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick responds to Burdick's letter of April 27 regarding US House Resolution 9423 (H. R. 9423). Bigelow shares his belief that the Three Affiliated Tribes gave up a portion of their land for the construction of the Garrison Dam out of patriotism, but that surrender of land was a violation of the violation of the existing treaties between the tribes and the US Government. Bigelow comments that this as an act of dishonor by the US Government. Bigelow notes that the original agreement between the tribes and the US Government made clear that any land not inundated by completion of the dam would be returned to the original owners and that hunting and fishing rights were always guaranteed.
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Government Loan Drives, treaty, treaties, treaty violation, taken land, patriotism, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, General Pick, Pick Plan, The Taking Act, grazing rights, hunting rights, fishing rights
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Elbowoods Agency, US Government
Lewis A. Pick, Usher Burdick, Bigelow Neal
Neal, Bigelow, "Letter from Bigelow Neal to Representative Burdick Regarding the Terms of the Taking of Land for Construction of the Garrison Dam, May 14, 1956" (1956). Usher Burdick Papers. 290.