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Select Committee on Indian Affairs

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98th Congress, 2d Session

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This report from the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, dated September 18, 1984, was written to accompany United States (US) Senate Bill 2480 which puts the mineral rights of certain lands acquired by the United States for the Garrison Dam project in trust for the Three Affiliated Tribes. This report contains correspondences regarding US Senate Bill 2480 and proposed amendments for the bill. Various US government entities here debate whether the Three Affiliated Tribes have rights to the mineral interests on land that was taken for the Garrison Dam project. The bill summarizes that when the Three Affiliated Tribes accepted $5.1 million in compensation for their lands (154,000 acres), their contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers stipulated that the tribes would preserve mineral rights in the taken lands. However, the US Congress did not accept these terms and instead changed the contract to offer $12.5 million in compensation for all rights and interests in the land. Assistant US Attorney General Robert A. McConnell counters that the Three Affiliated Tribes were already adequately compensated for their land and for the mineral rights. US Senate Bill 2480 did not become US law.

Publication Date

9-18-1984

Keywords

Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, mineral rights, compensation, taken lands

Organizations Referenced

Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Department of Justice, US Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, US Congressional Budget Office

People Referenced

Mark Andrews, James Blum, Rudolph G. Penner, Robert A. McConnell

Publisher

Government Printing Office

Disciplines

American Politics | Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Indigenous Studies | Law and Politics | Native American Studies | United States History

Recommended Citation

S Congress, Senate. Select Committee on Indian Affairs. Declaring that the Mineral Rights in Certain Lands Acquired by the United States in Connection with the Garrison Dam and Reservoir Project are Held in Trust for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, and for Other Purposes. 98th Cong., 2d sess., S. Rep. 606. September 18, 1984. https://commons.und.edu/indigenous-gov-docs/27/

Declaring that the Mineral Rights in Certain Lands Acquired by the United States in Connection with the Garrison Dam and Reservoir Project are Held in Trust for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, and for Other Purposes.

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