Download Full Text (895 KB)
This letter, dated October 3, 1947, from Ralph H. Case, general counsel for the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota, to Ben Reifel, Superintendent of the Fort Berthold Indian Agency, makes reference to a letter Case sent the previous day to Reifel. Case explains that since that letter was sent, he has met with United States (US) Senator William Langer for an hour about the questionnaire Case has been working on regarding tribal members' willingness to formulate a contract dictating the terms of their compensation for lands taken from them by the US government for the Garrison Dam and accompanying reservoir, and about the outline of the proposed contract. Case writes that Langer agrees to give the matter his full support.
Case goes on to explain that, in going over the questionnaire, Langer pointed out a section where the wording was potentially misleading, so Case therefore amended the questionnaire to address Langer's concern, and has enclosed with this letter the new paragraph to be amended to the questionnaire.
Case also references a voucher for reimbursement he has enclosed regarding payment to an engineer employed by the Three Affiliated Tribes, which he asks Reifel to present to the Tribal Council, along with a resolution of approval, at their next meeting on October 9, and then to mail the resolution and voucher to Case, so that he can present it to the Indian Office for payment.
The voucher for reimbursement Case mentions was not found with this letter in the Langer papers.
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
Date of Work
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, Ben Reifel, William Langer
Case, Ralph H., "Letter from Ralph H. Case to Ben Reifel 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. 973.