1953: Dam floods hospital, one-quarter of reservation
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completes the Garrison Dam on the Missouri River at Fort Berthold Reservation in New Town, North Dakota. The reservoir floods one-quarter of the reservation, destroying the tribal headquarters, the hospital, and 154,000 acres of fertile farm land.
“We will sign this contract with a heavy heart … With a few scratches of the pen, we will sell the best part of our reservation. Right now the future doesn't look too good to us.” —George Gillette, chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, 1948
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