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This document is composed of three elements: a resolution, proceedings from a meeting, and a memorandum.
The first element of this document is a resolution. The resolution from the “Fort Berthold American Inc.”to the United States Congress declares that any matter that arises among our tribe “be approved by Congress and giving [sic] our tribe opportunity to discuss among our tribe.” The resolution opposes unnecessary and confusing laws and says it “cannot agree of this law making [sic] in regard to Indian property.” The resolution asks that Fort Berthold property be put “into same status as that of ather [sic] American people.” This resolution condemns the law scheme which caused “confusion among our tribe and dissatisfaction.” The resolution says it will not retire its Council and unattached members should be removed. The resolution concludes by saying its message should be forwarded to the United States Congress for serious consideration. The resolution is signed by Joe B. Baer, Adlai Steveson, Alfred S. Smith, Jackson Dancing Bull, and Francis Stevenson. The resolution is marked with the handwritten annotation “Ft Berthold.”
The resolution includes a stapled memorandum from the United States Senate. This memorandum is the second element of this document. The memorandum reads: “Senator wishes to insert these resolutions in the Congressional Record.”
Included with the resolution and memorandum are ten principles from the “Proceedings from this Meeting.” These proceedings are the third and final element of this document. These ten principles are summarized as follows. Principle 1: to be excluded from the land act. Principle 2: to continue to use land in their own interest. Principle 3: to pay personal tax to the state, but not land tax. Principle 4: to recover a bill that involves $400,000. Principle 5: to have anything pertaining to the tribe by considered by the tribe. Principle 6: to have a trespass fee paid for all livestock grazing on tribal land. Principle 7: to oppose the Bureau of Indian Affairs control of Indian life, including collected monies. Principle 8: to be excluded from the Wheel-Howard Act. Principle 9: to not insult anyone who wants to continue under the Bureau program. Principle 10: to fight for American Ideals which the Bureau and regimentation is inhibiting. These proceedings are signed by Mr. Jackson Dancing Bull and Rufus Stevenson. These proceedings are marked at the heading with the handwritten annotation “Van Hook, No Dak.”
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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, Elbowoods, resolution, Wheeler-Howard Act, livestock grazing, confusing laws
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Indian Bureau
Joe B. Baer, Adlai Steveson, Alfred S. Smith, Jackson Dancing Bull, Francis Stevenson, Rufus Stevenson, WIlliam Langer
Political History | United States History
Dancing Bull, Jackson, "Resolution from the Fort Berthold Americans to the United States Congress Regarding Disagreement with Law Over Indian Property, April 3, 1944" (1944). William Langer Papers. 688.