June 30, 2016

Land transfer will happen

By Jerry W. Kram and Patricia Stockdill

Ten years is a long time. In 2006 we were watching Malcolm in the Middle and Donald Trump was hosting the second season of The Apprentice. It was also when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started seriously looking at returning about 30,000 acres of shoreline property around Lake Sakakawea to the Three Affiliated Tribes.

The Corps, acting on a request from the TAT Tribal Business Council the previous year, held hearings and studied the the request for two years. It decided that land that it was using that is above the high water mark of the lake of 1854 feet that was being used for vegetation management should be returned to the tribe and not individual landowners under the provisions of the 1984 Fort Berthold Mineral Restoration Act.

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