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This document, nominally dated July 15 and including excerpts from the United States Congressional Record of December 15, 19, and 20 of 1945 and July 27 of 1947, contains transcripts of debates on two amendments proposed by Senator Joseph C. O’Mahoney of Wyoming to protect the interests of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Forth Berthold Reservation during the taking of a significant portion of their land for the construction of the Garrison Dam and Reservoir on the Missouri River.
In addition to the excerpts from the Congressional record, the document also contains, on its last page, the texts of the two amendments proposed by O’Mahoney, the first of which, passed in December, 1945, stipulates that “no part of the appropriation for the Garrison Reservoir herein contained may be expended for actual construction of the dam until suitable land found by the [US] Secretary of the Interior to be equal in quality and sufficient in area to compensate the Three Affiliated Tribes shall be offered to the said tribes in exchange for the land on the Fort Berthold Reservation, which shall be inundated by the construction of the Garrison Dam,” and the second of which, passed in July of 1947, stipulates that “notwithstanding said contract or the provisions of this Act, the said Three Affiliated Tribes may bring suit in the Court of Claims as provided in section 24 of the Act of August 13, 1946, on account of additional damages, if any, alleged to have been sustained by said tribes by reason of the taking of the said lands and rights in the said Fort Berthold Indian Reservation on account of any treaty obligation of the Government or any intangible cost of reestablishment or relocation, for which the said tribes are not compensated by the said $5,105,625.”
An Act Making Appropriations to Supply Deficiencies in Certain Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1946, and for Prior Fiscal Years, to Provide Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1946, and for Other Purposes
Resolution by Tribal Council of Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, North Dakota Regarding O' Mahoney Amendment, January 10, 1946
War Department Civil Appropriation Bill, 1948
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The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion
The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish. US Department of War, US War Department, US Congress
Joseph C. O'Mahoney, Usher L. Burdick
US Congress, "Excerpts from the US Congressional Record Regarding Amendments Proposed by US Senator Joseph C. O'Mohoney Related to the Taking of Land From the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation for the Garrison Dam Project, December 15, 1945" (1945). Usher Burdick Papers. 547.