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This transcript documents a hearing held at 10 o’clock on Wednesday, July 22, 1953 in room 424 of the Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
The hearing was called by United States (US) Senator William Langer, chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to a petition he had received from residents of Elbowoods, North Dakota asking that they be paid immediately for the homes and properties they agreed to sell to make way for the Garrison Dam and reservoir project.
During the course of the hearing, it emerged that just compensation to these parties had been the subject of a civil condemnation proceeding instituted December 20, 1951 and known as “United States of America vs. Certain Lands and Improvements in McLean, Dunn, McKenzie and Mercer Counties, North Dakota; Rufus B. Stevenson et al., and Unknown Owners, Civil 2386,” for which a judgment had just been entered a few days prior to this hearing, on July 17, 1953, in which just compensation for all involved properties had been fixed, except for the properties of Lillie Wolf, who was questioning the authority of the US government to acquire the land.
According to attendee Edward Bodholt, Assistant Chief of Land Acquisitions for the US department of Justice, now that a judgment had been entered and just compensation fixed, checks would be issued to the parties within two weeks’ time.
See also: Petition from Former Elbowoods Residents to Senator Langer Requesting Payment for Taken Properties, June 25, 1953; Letter from J. Edward Williams to Senator Langer Regarding Civil Case No. 2386, July 29, 1953 Notes for US Senate Hearing Regarding Petition from Elbowoods Residents Requesting Payment for Taken Properties, July 22, 1953 United States of America vs. Certain Lands and Improvements in McLean, Dunn, McKenzie and Mercer Counties, North Dakota; Rufus B. Stevenson et al., and Unknown Owners, Civil 2386, July 17, 1953
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Civil Case 2386, condemnation, Elbowoods, petition, Garrison Dam, Taking Act, PL 437, Public Law 437, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish,
William Langer, George S. Green, C. D. Chrissos, W. E. Whalen, Edward, Bodholt, Lillie Wolf, Lilly Wolf
US Senate; Langer, William; Green, George S.; Chrissos, C. D.; Whalen, W. E.; and Bodholt, Edward, "Transcript of US Senate Hearing Regarding Civil Case 2386, July 22, 1953" (1953). William Langer Papers. 518.