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This letter, dated March 4, 1946, from Felix S. Cohen, Acting Solicitor of the United States (US) Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor, to US Senator from Wyoming Joseph C. O'Mahoney, reports on a conference arranged earlier the same day by O'Mahoney between Cohen, representatives of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, and Ralph H. Case, legal counsel for the Three Affiliated Tribes, held for the purpose of exploring the possible impacts of a US House of Representatives amendment to the pending US War Department's Civil Appropriation Bill, also known as US House Resolution (HR) 5400, on the Garrison Dam project.

Cohen notes that the proposed resolution as currently written would supersede the proviso, commonly known at the O'Mahoney Amendment, included in the First Deficiency Appropriation Act of 1946 passed earlier that year, stipulating that no part of the appropriation for construction of Garrison Dam could be expended on actual construction until suitable lands had been identified to replace the land to be inundated on the Fort Berthold Reservation, a change that would put the Tribes in a very difficult position for a number of reasons, on which Cohen elaborates. He then describes some possible ways for the tribes and their allies to prevent the loss of the protections afforded by the O'Mahoney Amendment.

See also:

An Act Making Appropriations to Supply Deficiencies in Certain Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1946, and for Prior Fiscal Years, to Provide Supplemental Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1946, and for Other Purposes

An Act Making Appropriations for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 1947, for Civil Functions Administered by the War Department, and for Other Purposes

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Appropriations, Army Corp of Engineers, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Aricara, Arikara, Arikaree, Belantse-Etoa, Hidatsa, Hundi, Mandan, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, MHA Nation, Minnitaree, Nueta, Ree, Sahnish, Sanish, Three Affiliated Tribes, Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation

Organizations Referenced

Mandan Tribe, Hidatsa Tribe, Arikara Tribe, Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, MHA Nation, Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Interior, War Department

People Referenced

Felix S. Cohen, Joseph O'Mahoney, Ralph H. Case, William Langer

Letter from Felix Cohen to Joseph O'Mahoney Regarding Possible Impacts of House Amendments to US House Resolution 5400, March 4, 1946