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This letter dated November 18, 1954, from Three Affiliated Tribes Elder Martin Fox to Peter Chumbris, Assistant Counsel to the United States (US) Senate Committee on Juvenile Delinquency, complains about the outcome of the requests for per capita payments. Fox reports that tribal members were expecting a payment per person and instead the money held in trust for the tribes was turned over to the US Bureau of Indian Affairs in Aberdeen where the money is set to be used as part of a Loan Program. Fox says these loans only benefit the prosperous and that those who need help are left in poverty. Fox complains that Tribal Chairperson Martin Cross promised tribal members would receive per capita payments, and that does not now seem to be the case. Fox also mentions the issue of oil and mineral rights on the land owned by the Three Affiliated Tribes. Fox appeals to Chumbris for $200 per capita payments to help tribal members resettle in their new location and to fix their homes.
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council, per capita payments, $200, hardship, oil rights, mineral rights, taken land, loan program, land seizure, land taking, taking
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Council, Three Affiliated Tribes Tribal Business Council, United States Senate Committee on Juvenile Delinquency
Peter Chumbris, Martin Fox, Martin Cross, William McKinley
Fox, Martin, "Letter from Martin Fox to Peter Chumbris Regarding Funds to be Paid to the Three Affiliated Tribes for their Land for Construction of the Garrison Dam, November 18, 1954" (1954). William Langer Papers. 934.