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This letter dated May 13, 1947, from United States Senator William Langer to M. Ferne Chilson, Langer pledges to do everything within his power "to see that the rights of the Indian who lose their homes are properly safeguarded." In a previous letter, Chilson urged Langer to use his influence to reopen study of the Garrison Dam Project, and to have the dam sited where the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, North Dakota wish for it to be sited rather than displacing them.

In his reply, Langer adds that "the final decision on this question has not been reached, and the matter is still under consideration by the War Department and the Department of the Interior." He closes by saying that he will "leave no stone unturned to see that the Indians get justice."

See also:

Letter from M. Ferne Chilson to Senator Langer Urging Restudy of Garrison Dam Location, May 1, 1947

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

Organizations Referenced

United States War Department, United States Department of the Interior

People Referenced

M. Ferne Chilson, C. J. Chilson, William Langer


Political History | United States History

Letter from Senator Langer to M. Ferne Chilson Regarding Garrison Dam Project, May 13, 1947