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This letter, dated February 25, 1955, from United States (US) Senator William Langer to H. F. Gierke, Jr., acknowledges and thanks Gierke for his recent letter regarding his land near the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.
Langer writes that the previous week the Supreme Court of the State of North Dakota ruled that "the State of North Dakota could not assume jurisdiction over offenses committed by or against lndians in Indian country and further that the state must amend its Constitution to assume such jurisdiction as was granted to the state by1946 Federal Law. "
Langer adds that US Public Law 280 made the way clear for North Dakota to assume jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters "involving Indians and Indian country," and that if North Dakota amends its constitution to permit the assumption of such jurisdiction, than the problems Gierke mentioned in his letter will be solved.
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Three Affliliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation (North Dakota), Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, MHA Nation, law enforcement, jurisdiction, PL 280, Public Law 280
Three Affliliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation (North Dakota), Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, MHA Nation, Supreme Court of the State of North Dakota, US Congress
William Langer, H. F. Gierke
Langer, William, "Letter from Senator Langer to H. F. Gierke, Jr. Regarding Law Enforcement Jurisdiction on North Dakota Reservations, February 25, 1955" (1955). William Langer Papers. 1047.