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This letter, dated May 13, 1947, from United States (US) Senator William Langer to Earl W. Bateman of Elbowoods on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, acknowledges and thanks Bateman for his recent letter requesting information on the current status of the Garrison Dam project. Langer explains that he is doing everything he can to get additional appropriations for the construction of the dam, and that the bill providing the funds is expected to report out of the US House Committee on Appropriation shortly. Langer expresses his hope that the project can proceed without interruption, warning that there is a move afoot in the US Congress to reduce funding for public works projects.
Langer adds that he has caused an investigation to be made of the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, and that he wants to see the Bureau abolished and will in fact introduce legislation to do so in the next few days, in hopes of safeguarding Native rights and removing Indians from "under the yoke of the Indian Bureau."
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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
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, US Bureau of Indian Affairs
William Langer, Earl Bateman
Langer, William, "Letter from Senator Langer to Earl W. Bateman Regarding Status of Garrison Dam Project, May 13, 1947" (1947). William Langer Papers. 996.