Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.
Bureau of American Ethnology
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 18 discusses the excavation of Fort Pierre II, a historic White trading post which was constructed after 1855. The paper includes a detailed historical background of this area, focused on the fur trade and trade established by Indigenous tribes, though the focus is on White settler history. The excavation yielded construction materials, tools, harnesses and farriery, wagon parts, furniture, household articles, military goods, personal items, trade goods, and artifacts of “native significance.” The paper concludes with a discussion of the findings and implications to the salvage program. This paper contains photographs and maps.
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Archeological Salvage Program, Fort Pierre II, excavation, anthropology, ethnology, construction materials, tools, harness and farriery, wagon parts, furniture, household articles, military goods, personal items, trade goods, 19th century, nineteenth century
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 National Park Service, US Bureau of Reclamation, US Department of the Interior, US Army Corps of Engineers, State Historical Society of North Dakota, P. Chouteau Jr. and Company
Hubert Smith, 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
Smith, Hubert. River Basin Surveys Papers, No. 18: Fort Pierce II (39ST217), a Historic Trading Post in the Oahe Dam Area, South Dakota, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1959. https://commons.und.edu/indigenous-gov-docs/70/.
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