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This confidential letter dated April 16, 1949, from Earl W. Bateman to United States (US) Senator William Langer, requests that Langer ignore any statements made by Martin Cross, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, while Cross is in Washington D.C. Bateman claims that Cross has undermined the Tribal Council in the past year, issuing false statements. Per Bateman, one such statement is that the majority of the people on the Fort Berthold Reservation support US House Joint Resolution 33 (H.J. 33). Bateman informs Langer that Cross is heading to Washington, D.C. as an unofficial delegate of the Three Affiliated Tribes.
The letter contains some illegible handwritten notes.
House Joint Resolution 33 became Public Law 81-437 or "An Act to Vest Title to Certain Lands of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, in the United States, and to provide Compensation Therefor," better known as "The Taking Act"
Letter from Senator Langer to Earl Bateman Acknowledging Bateman's April 16 Letter, April 19, 1949
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, confidential, House Joint Resolution 33, H.J. 33, The Taking Act, delegate, delegation, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council, conflict
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council
Martin Cross, William Langer, Earl W. Bateman, Milton Young
Political History | United States History
Bateman, Earl W., "Letter From Earl Bateman to Senator Langer Claiming that Martin Cross has Undermined the Tribal Council, April 16, 1949." (1949). William Langer Papers. 483.