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This letter dated October 3, 1947, from Ralph H. Case, general counsel for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation to United States (US) Senator William Langer, Case makes reference to a new draft he is enclosing of a questionnaire he has revised by adding an amendment suggested by Langer and thanks Langer for his careful study of the questionnaire, his "very valuable suggestion, and his "words of commendation," adding that "it is indeed a difficult task to explain all things to all men."
The enclosed questionnaire covers cover such things as the reader's awareness that the Garrison Dam will be built, what its effects will be, what the US Government is proposing as compensation, what the Tribes' response should be, and whether the Tribal Council and the tribes' attorney should be authorized to write a counteroffer in the form of a contract to be approved or disapproved by members by vote.
Other questions deal with whether the reader owns land in the taking area, the reader's preference for a monetary settlement or land to replace the tribal lands to be inundated, what accommodations should be made for landless tribal members, and how income from timber and lignite should be treated.
The questionnaire also gives information on provisions likely to be included in the proposed contract, including the construction of new homes, supplying of electricity and water for irrigation, oil and gas rights, the construction of new roads and operation of ferries to cross the reservoir, and a variety of other matters.
Questionnaire Regarding Creation of Contract to Receive Compensation in Return for Land Taken for the Garrison Dam Project, October 1947
Outline of Contract, The United States of America with the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation, September, 1947
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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, land taking, land seizure, taking
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, William Langer, Joseph O'Mahoney, William Zimmerman Jr., Allen Harper, Raymond A. Wheeler
Case, Ralph H., "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" (1947). William Langer Papers. 971.