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This letter, from Felix S. Cohen, Associate Solicitor for the United States (US) Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor, to US Senator from Wyoming Joseph O'Mahoney, is a response to O'Mahoney's telephone inquiry regarding the meaning and effect of comments made in a statement from the Chief of Engineers, US Army, concerning arrangements to be made where Indian lands are inundated by proposed reservoirs.
Cohen offers the opinion that the wording of the statement does not limit the powers of federal agencies to carry out condemnation proceeding to the particular manner described in the the statement.
In other words, while the statement describes a process for land transactions with Indians based on agreement and subject to the approval of the US Secretary of the Interior, it does not actually afford the tribes any assurance that they will be consulted regarding the disposition of their lands.
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Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, inundate, inundation
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Army, US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, US Department of the the Interior, US Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor, US Army, US Army Corps of Engineers
Felix S. Cohen, Joseph O'Mahoney
Cohen, Felix S., "Letter from Felix Cohen to Joseph O'Mahoney Regarding Chief of Army Engineers Statement on Inundation of Fort Berthold Lands, December 14, 1945" (1945). William Langer Papers. 990.