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This letter dated May 5, 1949 from United States (US) Senator William Langer to Three Affiliated Tribes member Ira Waters thanks Waters for his recent letter regarding the delegates appointed by the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council to go to Washington, D.C.. According to Waters, these delegates were selected without the full consent of the reservation. Langer says that he is glad that Waters and others had selected Cross to come to Washington D.C. to represent their views on what Langer refers to as the "land situation." Based on other correspondences, the "land situation" is likely a reference to the Garrison Dam and US House Joint Resolution 33 (H.J. 33). Two handwritten notes on the letter read, "Cross, Martin," and "See Indians."
H.J. 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 Ira Waters, Fred Lone Bear, and George Parshal to Senator Langer Regarding Conflict Surrounding Delegates Sent by Tribal Council for Senate Joint Resolution 33 Hearing, April 25, 1949
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, House Joint Resolution 33, H.J. 33, delegate, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, The Taking Act
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 Counil
William Langer, Martin Cross, Ira Waters
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Langer, William, "Letter from Senator Langer to Ira Waters Regarding the Delegates Appointed by the Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, May 5, 1949." (1949). William Langer Papers. 496.