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Usher Burdick

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This letter, dated January 21, 1952, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to US Attorney General Howard McGrath concerns the Tribal Business Council of the Three Affiliated Tribe of the Fort Berthold Reservation. Burdick writes that Fort Berthold tribal members are unsettled due to events related to the sale of lands for the Garrison Dam, explaining that the Tribal Business Council, under the supervision of the Indian Bureau, proposes to allot each member $1000 and then use the remainder of the money from the sale as they see fit for communal benefit.

There is a rumor, he writes, that the Tribal Business Council is using some of the funds in unauthorized ways, which has turned 80% of the members against the actions of the Tribal Business Council, and some members are calling for the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the Tribal Business Council. Burdick writes that he believes that, unless the Council is charged with some crime, the FBI will not act, and asks McGrath, in the event that Burdick is wrong about this and an investigation is indeed possible, to do so and determine whether the tribes' funds are intact or are being unlawfully dissipated.

See also: Letter from Representative Burdick to Oscar Berg et al. Regarding Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council, January 14, 1952

Date of Work

1-21-1952

Keywords

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 Business Council, Department of the Interior, FBI, Attorney General of the United States, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir

Organizations Referenced

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 Business Council, Department of the Interior, FBI

People Referenced

Howard McGrath, Usher Burdick

Letter from Representative Burdick to Howard McGrath Regarding Tribal Business Council, January 21, 1952

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