US Government Documents related to Indigenous Nations

Four Unidentified Men


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This photographic print dated May 20, 1948 depicts Three Affiliated Tribes chairman George Gillette being directed to sign The Garrison Dam Agreement which authorized the flooding of 156,000 acres of prime land owned by the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara tribes. Regarding the agreement, Gillette is attributed to commenting, "We will sign this contract with a heavy heart. With a few scratches of the pen, we will sell the best part of our reservation. Right now the future doesn't look too good to us." Following negotiation regarding how the United States (US) would compensate the Three Affiliated Tribes for their land, this authorization became US Public Law 81-437 (also known as The Taking Act). The man standing to Gillette’s right (viewer’s left) is the US Secretary of the Interior, Julius Albert Krug.

Original print housed at the National Archives Catalogue in Kansas City, Missouri in the “Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs” group. The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation are noted as “subjects represented” in the collection. National Archives identifier number: 4561525; Local Identifier: 75-FB-588.

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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, The Taking Act, The Garrison Dam Agreement

Organizations Referenced

Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Department of the Interior, US Bureau of Indian Affairs

People Referenced

George Gillette, Julius Albert Krug


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

Recommended Citation

United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs. Four Unidentified Men, 1948, photograph, US Government Documents Related to Indigenous Nations, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks,

Four Unidentified Men



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