Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.
86th Congress, 1st Session
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Published as a series sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology, the “River Basin Surveys Papers” are a collection of archeological investigations focused on areas now flooded by the completion of various dam projects in the United States. The River Basin Surveys Papers (numbered 1-39) were mostly published in bundles with 5-6 papers in each bundle. In collaboration with the United States (US) National Park Service and the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Department of the Interior, and the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Smithsonian Institution pulled archeological and paleontological remains from several sites prior to losing access to the sites due to flooding. The Smithsonian Institution calls this project the Inter-Agency Archeological Salvage Program.
Paper number 20 describes the excavation of a site known as Kipp’s Post which was a Columbia Fur Company trading post, built in 1826-27. The site is located at the mouth of the White Earth River in Mountrail County, North Dakota. This paper includes a description of the site, historical background, and detailed information on the fur trade primarily from the perspective of White/European accounts. Structures excavated include buildings, trenches, pits, and burial sites. The paper also discusses artifacts and faunal remains discovered at the site. Artifacts include those manufactured by Indigenous people such as arrow points, mauls, hammer stones, whetstones and abrading stones, pottery, fleshing tool, and beads. These are through o have come from Fort Berthold, North Dakota so were likely manufactured by the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara tribes. This paper contains illustrations, text figures, photographs, and a map.
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Archeological Salvage Program, Columbia Fur Trade Company, fur trade, trade goods, archeology, ethnology, excavation, burial sites, tools, arrow points, pottery, beads
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Smithsonian Institution, Bureau of American Ethnology, US Department of the Interior, US National Park Service, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Army Corps of Engineers, State Historical Society of North Dakota
Robert L. Stevenson, Alan R. Woolworth, Raymond Wood, Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.
Government Printing Office
American Politics | Indigenous, Indian, and Aboriginal Law | Indigenous Studies | Law and Politics | Native American Studies | United States History
Woolworth, Alan R. and W. Raymond Wood. River Basin Survey Papers, No. 20: The Archeology of a Small Trading Post (Kipp’s Post, 32MN1) in the Garrison Reservoir, North Dakota, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1959. https://commons.und.edu/indigenous-gov-docs/41/.
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