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This document, undated but determined to have been prepared in September, 1947, by Ralph H. Case, General Counsel for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, outlines the provisions of a contract between the United States of America and the Three Affiliated Tribes by which the Tribes would exchange title for a section of the Fort Berthold Reservation in exchange for $5,105,625 in order to make way for a dam and reservoir on the Missouri River.
The provisions include definitions of terms and physical boundaries of the taking area, mechanisms for reappraisal, details regarding where funds will reside and rate of interest, settlement of estates, disbursement of shares, period of occupation before inundation, rights to salvage, relocation and housing of residents, rights to timber, lignite, sand, gravel, and future subsurface discoveries, disinterment and re-interment of ancestors, use of shorelands, hunting and fishing rights, operation of harbors, supplying of electrical light and power, irrigation, agency structures including schools hospitals, roads, bridges and ferries, operation of the dam and reservoir, and rules regarding ratification, post-ratification acceptance and re-ratification, if necessary, of the contract, and the transferring of title.
While this document is not dated, based on references in related documents it has been determined to have been prepared in September of 1947.
Letter from Ralph H. Case to Senator Langer Regarding Questionnaire Regarding Creation of Contract to Receive Compensation in Return for Land Taken for the Garrison Dam Project, October 3, 1947
An Act to Vest Title to Certain Lands of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, in the United States, and to Provide Compensation Therefor
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The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, inundate, inundation, flooding, irrigation, mineral rights, oil rights, gas rights, hunting rights, fishing rights, electrification, pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, flood level, Taking Act, Takings Act, House Joint Resolution 33, Public Law 437, PL 437, Tribal Business Council, Tribal Council, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Department of Interior, United States War Department, Army Corps of Engineers, Corps of Army Engineers, interment, taking area, ratification, Garrison Dam Contract, Outline of Contract
The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Department of Interior, United States War Department
Ralph H. Case
Case, Ralph H., "Outline of Contract, The United States of America with the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation, September, 1947" (1947). William Langer Papers. 966.