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This transcript documents a hearing held 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 received from residents of Elbowoods, North Dakota asking to be paid immediately for the homes and properties they agreed to sell to make way for the Garrison Dam and reservoir project.
During the hearing, it emerged that just compensation to these parties had been the subject of a civil condemnation proceeding instituted December 20, 1951 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 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 questioned 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 has been entered and just compensation fixed, checks would be issued to the parties within two weeks’ time.
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, Garrison Diversion, Garrison Reservoir, 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, land seizure, land taking, taking
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.