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This letter dated April 18, 1958, from United States (US) Bureau of Indian Affairs Commissioner Glenn Emmons to US Senator William Langer, informs Langer on matters regarding the credit situation of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation. The letter states it is copying Langer in this correspondence in accordance by request of Mr. Chumbris. The letter from Emmons to Langer describes the contents of the it and the enclosures as “self-explanatory.” There are four enclosures in this letter which provides over three years of communication of the credit standing of the Three Affiliated Tribes from the perspective of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The first enclosed letter from the US Bureau of Indian Affairs demands that the Tribal Business Council of Three Affiliated Tribes engage in two acts to continue receiving credit from the Bureau. The first demand is to lift Resolution 57-59 to permit emergency and farm loans to be made during the period April 10, 1957 through May 10, 1957. The second demand is to authorize the payment of a salary and expenses of a reservation credit officer assigned to the Three Affiliated Tribes.
The second enclosed letter dated August 18, 1958 details the history of the credit program extended to Three Affiliated Tribes from the perspective of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs and includes the requirement of the Three Affiliated Tribe to pay the salary and expenses of a reservation credit officer to participate in the Bureau’s credit offerings. This second enclosed letter includes an agreement to the terms and history outlined by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs which is signed by five Three Affiliated Tribe council members, those being Ben Youngbird, Samuel Mathers, Charles Fox, Bill Dean, and Pete Star.
The third enclosed letter dated December 26, 1956 summarizes the discussions of the Three Affiliated Tribes council members and the US Bureau of Indian Affairs on November 19, 1956 where the unfavorable factors from the Three Affiliated Tribes are voiced, including the political nature of loans. In this third letter, a memorandum summarized by the Bureau from November 23, 1958 describes three areas Three Affiliated Tribes list for future discussion which include a longer repayment schedule with different interest rates, alterations on how tribal members are considered for loans, and a general review of the Bureau’s credit policy.
The forth enclosed letter dated December 20, 1957 outlines the demand that either a reservation credit officer be retained by Three Affiliated Tribes by payment of this officer’s salary and expense for the fiscal year of 1958 or the US Bureau of Indian Affairs will liquidate the credit program for Three Affiliated Tribes, in which case $150,000.00 on contract will be immediately due. This letter is signed by Deputy Commissioner of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs Barton Greenwood.
Letter from Commissioner Emmons to Area Director Reifel Regarding Farm Loans for Members of the Fort Berthold Reservation, April 17, 1958
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Indian Affairs, reservation system, FHA loans, farm loans, loans, credit, credit officers, financialization, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Business Council of Three Affiliated Tribes
Glenn Emmons, William Langer, Ben Youngbird, Samuel Mathers, Charles Fox, Bill Dean, Pete Star, Barton Greenwood
Emmons, Glenn, "Letter from Glenn Emmons to Senator Langer Regarding the Credit Program for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, April 18, 1958" (1958). William Langer Papers. 780.