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This letter dated June 12, 1950, from United States (US) Senator William Langer to Lyle Johnson, marks the receipt of previous correspondence between Langer and Johnson and follows up with a report concerning the rights of non-Indian property owners on Indian lands. Within the letter, Langer quotes from the report of Area Director of Indian Affairs Paul Flicker, who finds that the responsibility of the settlement of non-Indian claims on Indian lands should fall to the US Department of the Army. Citing Fickner, Langer relays to Johnson that “it appears'' for non-Indian property owners ”the permittees in Sanish and Van Hook have no cause for action against the Three Affiliated Tribes.” Citing Flicker’s report, Langer notes that the remaining townsites were withdrawn from further disposition by order of the Secretary of the Interior in accordance with US 48 Stat. 984, although records do not show if “full restoration to tribal ownership was ever consummated.” The letter concludes with Langer saying he will write to Johnson when more information becomes available from the US Corps of Engineers.
The letter is marked with the handwritten annotation “Indians.”
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, Elbowoods, 48 Stat. 984, Van Hook
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Office of Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior
William Langer, Lyle Johnson, Paul Flicker
Political History | United States History
Langer, William, "Letter from Senator Langer to Lyle Johnson Regarding Non-Indian Property Owners Living on Indian Lands, June 12, 1950" (1950). William Langer Papers. 621.