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Collection 2058 - Edward E. Barry Collection, 1874-1977

Creator: Barry, Edward E.

Provenance Note: Edward E. Barry, Jr. donated this collection of court records and supporting documents in 1975. They were acquired during research supported by a grant from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1972-1973 into claims by the Fort Belknap Indian Community of Montana against the United States of America. They were deposited with the permission of the U.S. Justice Department.

Historical Note: Edward E. Barry, Jr. was an Associate Professor of Soils from 1964-1966, Associate Professor of History from 1966-1972, Assistant Professor of History 1972-1976 and Professor of History 1977-1984 at Montana State University-Bozeman. He retired in 1992.

In 1946, Congress passed the Indian Claims Commission Act as an independent agency to hear and determine claims against the United States by any tribe, band or other group of American Indians residing in the United States. Grievances of an Indian tribe were brought before the three member Commission (later expanded to five members) who were appointed by the president. Decisions were reviewed by the U. S. Court of Claims and the Supreme Court if necessary. Originally created for 10 years, the Commission lasted until 1978 when it was abolished. The U.S. Court of Claims took over pending cases. To establish its case, a tribe presented evidence about tribal history and culture by experts in anthropology, ethnology and history to establish that land claimed was rightfully attributed to that particular tribe. Tribal reservation records were also introduced. If the tribe was determined to have proven its case, the value of the land at the time the land was taken was decided, and the U. S. Government paid the tribe compensation. Some of the evidence presented to the Commission came from the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Record Group 75, of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Content Description Note: The Edward E. Barry, Jr. Collection consists of copies of portions of Record Group 75, Bureau of Indian Affairs: Records of Indian Agencies: Fort Belknap Indian Agency, of the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; microfiche of records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Record Group 75) from the Seattle WA branch of the National Archives; and photocopies of testimony, exhibits and briefs of Dockets 250A and 279C from the records of Record Group 283, Indian Claims Commission, National Archives and Records Aministration, Washington, D. C. It is arranged in 41 series.

Contents

Bureau of Indian Affairs Records, RG 75
Series 1: Letters received from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1883-1927
Series 2: Letters sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1880-1927
Series 3: Letters sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1878-99; 1916
Series 4: Local letters sent, 1910-14; 1916-27
Series 5: Miscellaneous letters received, 1877-1915
Series 6: Miscellaneous letters sent, 1880-1927
Series 7: General correspondence, 1878-1919
Series 8: Decimal File, 1916-52
Series 9: General correspondence and Reports of Education, Health and Welfare Activities, 1909-16; 1918-42
Series 10: Annual Reports, 1879-1932
Series 11: Register of employees, 1882-1907
Series 12: Personnel Reports, 1895-1896
Series 13: School Program Records, 1882-1943
Series 14: Public School Contracts, 1935-41; 1943-1952
Series 15: Estimates of goods and supplies, 1889-1892
Series 16: Land heirship and allotment project, 1874-1910; 1919-35; 1941-42
Series 17: Industrial survey, 1925
Series 18: Irrigation Program Records, 1899-1937; 1939-55
Series 19: Farming Reports, 1889-1907
Series 20: Records relating to the Sugar Beet Program, 1906
Series 21: Milk River Stock Association account book, 1926; 1934
Series 22: Grazing Lease Administration Files; 1909-45
Series 23: Forestry Program Administrative Files, 1908; 1912; 1916; 1929-33; 1936-42; 1948
Series 24: Roads Division Financial Records, 1889-1905
Series 25: The Indian Community: Records of Indian Society; Family History cards, 1920-29
Series 26: Tribal Council Minutes, 1934; 1938-1946
Series 27: Physician's Reports, 1893-1908; 1915-22; 1925-35; 1937-42
Series 28: Administration of law and order: Court Dockets, 1912
Series 29: Legal Actions, 1902; 1935
Series 30: Records of Social Welfare Programs: Subject Files, 1911; 1916; 1920-33; 1942-51
Series 31: Relief Programs Files, 1932-33; 1935-36; 1938-42
Series 32: Ration Records, 1918
Series 33: Microfilmed Records: BIA; Fort Belknap Indian Agency
Indian Claims Commission Records, RG 283
Series 34: Defendant's Dockets, n.d.
Series 35: Department of Justice Reports, 1975
Series 36: Testimony before the ICC, 1975
Series 37: Pleadings before the ICC, 1971-1975
Series 38: Financial records, 1975
Series 39: Plaintiff Exhibits to ICC, 1877-1955
Series 40: Briefs, 1974-1977
Series 41: Miscellaneous reports, 1975-1977
Series 42: Appropriation reports, n.d.

Series 1: Letters received from the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1883-1927

NARA series # 75.19.30-1. "Incoming letters from The Commissioner of Indian Affairs deal with Indian horse raids and hostile actions (1877-85), the creation of the Rocky Boy's Indian Agency (1915-16), enrollments and claims for damages resulting from the construction of Dodson dam among other topics. Many letters discuss aspects of the education program. Registers are included with letters from 1919-24. Some telegrams are also included. Arranged chronologically."

Box 1
1. 1883-1916
2. 1917-1927

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Series 2: Letters sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1880-1927

NARA series #75.19.30-2. "Outgoing bound letters from the Superintendent of the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs. Letters include routine agency business as well as annual, monthly, school and farm reports, census and allotment rolls, and references to the creation and maintenance of the Rocky Boy's Indian Agency. Registers are included with volumes for 1923-25. Arranged chronologically."

Box 1 (cont.)
3. 1880-1888
4. 1889-1907
5. 1908-1914
6. 1915-1917
7. 1918-1921

Box 2
1. 1922-1923
2. 1924-1927

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Series 3: Letters sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, 1878-99; 1916

NARA series #75.19.30-3. "Unbound copies of letters sent to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs from the Superintendent of the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency. These letters are similar to those in Series 2. Letters from 1878-99 do not duplicate those of the same dates in Series 2; however some 1916 letters are duplicates. These letters were apparently filed separately from the bound volumes in Series 2. Topics include fiscal matters, reports of migrations of Canadian Indians and Indian raids, and an 1882 annual report describing the Ft. Belknap Agency and the daily life of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Indians. Arranged chronologically."

Box 2 (cont.)
3. 1878-1884
4. 1885-1889
5. 1890-1893
6. 1894-1899, 1916

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Series 4: Local letters sent, 1910-14; 1916-27

NARA series #75.19.30-4. "Press copies of letters sent by the superintendent of the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency to farmers-in-charge, school teachers, employees, the superintendent of St. Paul's Mission school, local merchants and others pertaining to the implementation of Indian office policy and maintenance of the agency. Of particular interest are the minutes of a 1911 tribal council meeting opposing the allotment of lands to individual Indian of the Ft. Belknap Agency. Letters regarding the Rocky Boy's Agency are also included. There are no indexes in the volumes. Arranged chronologically."

Box 2 (cont.)
7. 1910-1914, 1916-1927

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Series 5: Miscellaneous letters received, 1877-1915

NARA series #75.19.30-5. "Letters received by the Superintendent of the Fort Belknap Indian Agency from employees, school teachers, merchants, Indian trades, military officers, and other agents. Many letters from military officers deal with Indian raids; horse stealing and other disturbances. Some letters from the Canadian Northwest Mounted Police discuss the transport of stolen horses across the border. Other letters describe irrigation projects and water rights on the Milk River. A rough draft of an 1887 agreement between the Indians of the Ft. Belknap, Ft. Peck and Blackfeet agencies and the U.S. government for a diminished reservation is also included. Arranged chronologically."

Box 2 (cont.)
8. 1877-1915

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Series 6: Miscellaneous letters sent, 1880-1927

NARA series #75.19.30-6. "Press and carbon copies of letters sent by the superintendent of the Ft. Belknap Indian agency to Indian agents, farmers-in-charge, merchants, military officers, settlers, and others. Topics discussed include Indian raids and horse stealing, land leases for grazing and sugar beet culture, Indian health care, agency and non-reservation schools, land heirship, Individual Indian Money, irrigation usage, and agency fiscal matters and employees. Letters for 1915 and portions of 1916-17, 1921-24 are missing. There are indexes to letters in the volumes for 1880-87 and 1907-10. Arranged chronologically."

Box 2 (cont.)
9. 1880-1927

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Series 7: General correspondence, 1878-1919

NARA series #75.19.30-7. "Letters received, and copies of letters sent by the Superintendent of the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency to military officers, other Indian agents, employees, merchants, bankers, Indians and others. There are a few letters to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and letters from 1878-87 are predominantly outgoing, addressed to military officers and deal with Indian migrations, raids, and horse stealing. An 1878 letter describes raids on Ft. Belknap Indians by renegade Sioux and Sitting Bull. Out going letters from 1878-87 seem to compliment letters from that period in entry 6. Other topics include tribal enrollments, grazing permits, claims for damage to crops and lands from the building of the Ft. Belknap-Dodson Reservoirs, Indian education and agency fiscal matters. The formal October 1895 agreement for a diminished Ft. Belknap Agency is also included. Arranged chronologically."

>Box 3
1. 1878-1919

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Series 8: Decimal File, 1916-52

NARA series #75.19.30-9. "After 1925, general correspondence and reports were arranged by a decimal instead of an alphabetical subject file or registry system. This series, pre-1926 correspondence, was brought forward and incorporated into the decimal file of this Ft. Belknap Indian agency. Some annual reports were retained in the decimal file; others were not. Files relating to the Rocky Boy's Indian Agency are also included."

Box 3 (cont.)
2. 1916-1924
3. 1924-1929
4. 1929-1930
5. 1931-1932
6. 1932-1934
7. 1934-1936
8. 1936-1937
9. 1937-1939
10. 1940
11. 1941-1942
12. 1942

Box 4
1. 1943-1952

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Series 9: General correspondence and Reports of Education, Health and Welfare Activities, 1909-16; 1918-42

NARA series #75.19.30-11. "An alphabetical subject file of correspondence and reports pertaining to education, health and welfare on the Ft. Belknap and Rocky Boy's Indian Agencies Correspondence is filed under the above headings, as well as other topics relating to those headings such as credit fund, delinquents, CC-ID, enrolled program, home care, land leases (specified), marriage licenses, medical reports, ration list and Rocky Boy's agency programs."

Box 4 (cont.)
2. 1909-1912
3. 1912-1915
4. 1915-1916
5. 1918-1923
6. 1923-1942

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Series 10: Annual Reports, 1879-1932

NARA series #75.19.30-12. "Annual statistical and narrative reports of the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency. Reports from 1913-25 deal with agency finances and personnel, law and order, health, education, industries (agriculture), forestry, irrigation, and tribal censuses. Not every report has a narrative accompanying the annual statistics. Arranged chronologically."

Box 4 (cont.)
7. 1879-1883
8. 1884-1912
9. 1913-1915
10. 1916-1918
11. 1919-1920

Box 5
1. 1921
2. 1921
3. 1922-1932

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Series 11: Register of employees, 1882-1907

NARA series #75.19.30-14. "Descriptive statements of Indian and white employees of the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency, day and boarding schools, the Milk River, Peoples Creek and Lodge Pole day schools ,and Indian police. Statements include name of employee, sex, race, age, marital status, position, previous occupation, birthplace, residence, where employed and for what tribes, date of nomination, dates of service, compensation, regular and irregular employee, and remarks. Entries are arranged chronologically, and by place of employment thereunder."

Box 5 (cont.)
4. 1882-1889
5. 1890-1891
6. 1892
7. 1893
8. 1893
9. 1894
10. 1895
11. 1896
12. 1896
13. 1897

Box 6
1. 1898
2. 1898
3. 1898
4. 1899
5. 1899
6. 1900
7. 1900
8. 1901
9. 1901
10. 1901
11. 1902
12. 1902

Box 7
1. 1903
2. 1903
3. 1904
4. 1904
5. 1905
6. 1906-1907

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Series 12: Personnel Reports, 1895-1896

NARA series #75.19.30-16. "Personal histories and efficiency reports of Indian and white employees at the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency and schools. Personal histories include employees name, race, dater, and place of birth, occupation, salary, other Indian office service, military service, education and physical attributes. Efficiency reports evaluate teachers and farmers-in-charge and include the employee's name, race, position, salary date and comments."

Box 7 (cont.)
7. 1895-96

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Series 13: School Program Records, 1882-1943

NARA series #75.19.30-21. "Fragmentary records reflecting the implementation of school policies and the daily activities of the students. Included are annual reports, correspondence, reports of supervisory visits to classrooms, application for enrollment, statements of children transferred to St. Paul's Mission school and other non-reservation schools, tuition statements from St. Paul's Mission school, school activities, reports of examination and promotion, and printed reports of the superintendent of Indian Schools. Arranged by type of record and thereunder chronologically. Not every year is represented in the records."

Box 7 (cont.)
8. 1882-1891
9. 1892-1904
10. 1905-1915
11. 1916-1917
12. 1918-1928
Box 8
1. 1929-1933
2. 1934-1936
3. 1941-1943

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Series 14: Public School Contracts, 1935-41; 1943-1952

NARA #75.19.30-26. "Local school districts and the Commissioner of Indian Affairs entered into agreements to register a specified number of Indian children in public schools. Fragmentary correspondence and contracts. Arranged chronologically."

Box 8 (cont.)
4. 1935-1941
5. 1943-1952

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Series 15: Estimates of goods and supplies, 1889-1892

NARA series # 75.19.30-28. "Annual and quarterly estimates of goods and supplies for the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency and schools. Estimates of amounts and types of foods for a specified number of students indicate the type of diet promoted at the boarding school. Titles of books comprising the curriculum are also included. Arranged chronologically. Not every year is presented in the records."

Box 8 (cont.)
6. 1889-1892

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Series 16: Land heirship and allotment project, 1874-1910; 1919-35; 1941-42

NARA series # 75.19.30-31. "A Work Progress Administration project intended to document allotments of land to Indians on the Fort Belknap Reservation. Records include instructions for completing allotment forms; list of allottees and allotment numbers containing allotment or estate records, stating names and no. of allottees, date of allotment, legal description of land, and disposition of allotments, i.e. removal of restriction, certificate of competency, issuance of fee patents, sale by approved deed, relinquishment, etc.; and land reserved for special purposes."

Box 8 (cont.)
7. 1874-1910
8. 1919-1935
9. 1941-1942

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Series 17: Industrial survey, 1925

NARA series #75.19.30-32. "Surveys conducted by the Superintendent, farmer and field matron to determine status of Indian and allotments on the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency. Surveys for each family include: allotment number for head of household, degree of blood, status (ward or non-ward), number fo family members and statements regarding type of allotment and present land use, health, description of family members (including allotment statements), physical description of dwelling, reimbursable debts, crops and livesstock raised over the past year, and date of survey. Most surveys include a photograph of the family and their dwelling."

Box 8 (cont.)
10. 1925

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Series 18: Irrigation Program Records, 1899-1937; 1939-55

NARA series #75.19.30-33. "Fragmentary records related to irrigation programs at the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency include a report and estimated cost of irrigating systems for Milk River, Beaver Creek, Big and Little Warm Springs, Lodge Pole and Peoples Creek (1898), annual statistics of irrigable and irrigated lands and a list of irrigated lands on Indian allotments (1924-33), and water uses census, indicating the users name and a description of the irrigated land (1938-40, 1944)."

Box 8 (cont.)
11. 1889-1915
12. 1916
13. 1917-1931

Box 9
1. 1932-1935
2. 1935-1937
3. 1939-1943
4. 1944-1955

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Series 19: Farming Reports, 1889-1907

NARA series #75.19.30-35. "Annual and monthly statistical reports of farming operations at locations on the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency. There are annual reports for the Ft. Belknap Indian Training Schooled and the Hays sub-agency including a list of crops raised at the school, and acres cultivated and livestock raised by specific Indians on the Hays district. Monthly reports of resident farmers include Indian assisted and instructed in farming techniques, acres plowed and planted, crops stored or processed, houses erected by Indians, condition of stock, and remarks. Arranged chronologically."

Box 9 (cont.)
5. 1889-1892
6. 1892-1895
7. 1895-1898
8. 1898-1899
9. 1900-1907

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Series 20: Records relating to the Sugar Beet Program, 1906

NARA series #75.19.30-36. "Records relating to the establishment of a program of sugar beet farming for the Indians in conjunction with private industry. The program proposed that unoccupied agency land be leased to private sugar-beet companies, who would Indian labor to cultivate the beets. Indian profits would be applied to a general reservation refund or payment to individual Indian laborers and investment in annual farm machinery. Records include correspondence to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, sugar-beet companies and others regarding the program description and implementation, leases for sugar beet farming executed by the Business Council of the Indians of Ft. Belknap, the CIA, the Superintendent and private farms."

Box 9 (cont.)
10. 1906

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Series 21: Milk River Stock Association account book, 1926; 1934

NARA series #75.19.30-39. "The Milk River Stock Administration administered a large portion of grazing lands for the use of other Indians in the Milk River district. Grazing fees were charged to Association members and non- members. Receipts were entered into an I.I.M. account Entries include Association estimates of receipts and expenses and grazing charges, and receipts for leases including allotments numbers, names, amount paid and number of stock grazed."

Box 9 (cont.)
11. 1926,1934

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Series 22: Grazing Lease Administration Files; 1909-45

NARA series #75.19.30-40. "Fragmentary operational record pertaining to grazing activities on leased land. Subjects include the allocation of range units, powers of attorney for grazing permits, schedules of ranges, range inspection, abstract of bids for grazing privileges, Indian stockman's grazing money, official tribal receipts, record of payments for grazing permits, performance of yearling stars on summer mountain ranges, and cattle censuses."

Box 9 (cont.)
12. 1909-1922
Box 10
1. 1923-1936
2. 1936-1945

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Series 23: Forestry Program Administrative Files, 1908; 1912; 1916; 1929-33; 1936-42; 1948

NARA series #75.19.30-47. "Files pertaining to the implementation of forestry program activities at the Ft. Belknap and Rocky Boy's Agencies. Records include annual forestry and grazing reports, annual fire reports, and fire protection records, Ft. Belknap and Rocky Boy's sawmill reports, and analysis of expenditures. The bulk of the records are for the period 1932-48."

Box 10 (cont.)
3. 1908, 1912, 1916
4. 1929-1933
5. 1936-1940
6. 1941
7. 1942, 1948

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Series 24: Roads Division Financial Records, 1889-1905

NARA series # 75.19.30-52. "Fragmentary records including consolidated financial statements, individual project statements, budget estimates, payroll summaries, directories, and Indian employee checks."

Box 10 (cont.)
8. 1889-1905

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Series 25: The Indian Community: Records of Indian Society; Family History cards, 1920-29

NARA series #75.19.30-62. "Family history cards were compiled about 1909 "to establish in each agency office a set of files in regard to individual Indians especially allotees." History cards developed at the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency omitted allotment numbers, however. Entries may include name of allottees, where married and by whom, if divorced, where and date, Indian and English names of spouse, their parents and children and dates of birth and death."

Box 10 (cont.)
9. 1920-1929

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Series 26: Tribal Council Minutes, 1934; 1938-1946

Minutes of the Fort Belknap Community Council, Fort Belknap Agency.

Box 10 (cont.)
10. 1934
11. 1938 (Jan-Feb)
12. 1938 (Mar-July)
13. 1938 (Aug-Dec)

Box 11
1. 1939 (Jan-Mar)
2. 1939 (Apr-Sept)
3. 1939 (Oct-Dec)
4. 1940 (Jan-Mar)
5. 1940 (Apr-May)

Box 11 (cont.)
6. 1940 (May-Aug)
7. 1940 (Sept)
8. 1940 (Oct-Dec)
9. 1941 (Jan-Feb)
10. 1941 (Mar-Oct)
11. 1941 (Nov-Dec)
12. 1942 (Jan-Apr)

Box 12
1. 1942 (May-Aug)
2. 1942 (Sept-Dec)
3. 1943 (Jan-May)
4. 1943 (Jun-July)
5. 1943 (Aug-Dec)
6. 1944 (Jan-Apr)
7. 1944 (May-Aug)
8. 1944 (Sept-Dec)
9. 1945 (Jan-Mar)
10. 1945 (May, July)
11. 1945 (Aug-Oct)
12. 1946 (Jan, Mar-May)
13. 1946 (May-Aug)
14. 1946 (Nov-Dec)

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Series 27: Physician's Reports, 1893-1908; 1915-22; 1925-35; 1937-42

NARA series #75.19.30-66. "The agency physician was responsible for the health of Indians at the Ft. Belknap Agency. The records include monthly and quarterly sanitary reports listing types and frequency of diseases among Indians, physicians semi-annual statistical reports, lists of supplies and medical used in administering the health program, instructions an correspondence regarding the 1918 influenza epidemic, census of hospital patients and certificates excusing children from class due to illness. Monthly and quarterly reports for the 19th entry include narrative sections dealing with efforts to improve sanitary conditions at Ft. Belknap. Arranged by type of record and thereunder chronologically."

Box 13
1. 1893-1908
2. 1915-1922
3. 1925-1928
4. 1928-1930
5. 1931-1935
6. 1937-1942

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Series 28: Administration of law and order: Court Dockets, 1912

NARA series #75.19.30-72. "Dockets of cases heard in the Court of Indian Offenses. Entries include date, name of defendant, charge (accusation) and decision. Arranged chronologically."

Box 13 (cont.)
7. 1912

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Series 29: Legal Actions, 1902; 1935

NARA series #75.19.30-73. "Copies of cases heard before the court of Indian offenses (at Ft. Belknap) or U.S. Courts involving Indians from the Ft. Belknap Agency. Cases were filed under the heading "court proceedings" or by the surname of the defendant. Estate papers and legal actions such and formal complaints. Warrants to apprehend and probation pledges are also included."

Box 13 (cont.)
8. 1902, 1935

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Series 30: Records of Social Welfare Programs: Subject Files, 1911; 1916; 1920-33; 1942-51

NARA series #75.19.30-74. "Correspondence related to several ongoing welfare programs at the Ft. Belknap Indian Agency including health programs, rationing. Emergency conservation work, civilian conservation corps. Indian farming and stock raising, and flour mill operation. Also include are statistical reports and financial summaries."

Box 13 (cont.)
9. 1911, 1916
10. 1920-1923
11. 1924-1927
12. 1928-1930

Box 14
1. 1931-1933
2. 1942-1943
3. 1944
4. 1944
5. 1945
6. 1946-1951

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Series 31: Relief Programs Files, 1932-33; 1935-36; 1938-42

NARA series #75.19.30-75. "Fragmentary records consisting of correspondence, applications and lists of recipients for resettlement (admin). Farm Security Administration, ADC, OAA and relief benefits. Apparently maintained separately from other relief program files."

Box 14 (cont.)
7. 1932
8. 1933
9. 1933
10. 1935

Box 15
1. 1935
2. 1935
3. 1936, 1938
4. 1939
5. 1940-1942

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Series 32: Ration Records, 1918

NARA series #75.19.30-78. "Various types of ration records documenting issues to widows, old persons, and physically handicapped persons not receiving consistently monthly incomes form a relief agency. Records include reports and registers of food, household and agricultural items issued to families and individual Indians residing at the Lodge Pole, Hays, and Milk River Districts. Registers contain names and ages of family members. Ration applications and related correspondence are also included."

Box 15 (cont.)
6. 1918

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Series 33: Microfilmed Records: Bureau of Indian Affairs; Fort Belknap Indian Agency

Microfilmed copies of miscellaneous letters sent by the Fort Belknap Indian Agency, local letters sent by the Fort Belknap Indian Agency, list of Indians at Fort Belknap Indian Agency, and register of annuities issued to Indians at Fort Belknap Agency. From the Archives Branch of the Federal Archives and Records Center, Seattle, Washington. NARA Records Group 75.

Box 16
Reel 1. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       July 11, 1911 - Jan 13, 1912
       Jan 15, 1912 - July 18, 1912
       July 19, 1912 - Dec 9, 1912

Reel 2. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       July 19, 1912 - Dec 9, 1912 (con't)
       Dec 10, 1912 - June 11, 1913
       June 12, 1913 - Nov 19, 1913
       Nov 20, 1913 - May 1, 1914

Reel 3. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       Nov 20, 1913 - May 1, 1914 (con't.)
       May 4, 1914 - Sept 18, 1914

Reel 3. Fort Belknap Indian Agency local letters sent:
       Nov 15, 1910 - Aug 28, 1911

Reel 4. Fort Belknap Indian Agency local letters sent:
       Aug 29, 1911 - Jun 13, 1912
       June 14, 1912 - Jan 23, 1913

Reel 5. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       Apr 25, 1887 - Oct 5, 1889
       Oct 12, 1893 - Mar 25, 1894
       July 25, 1894 - Sept 3, 1895

Reel 6. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       July 25, 1894 - Sept 3, 1895 (con't.)
       Sept 18, 1897 - Apr 2, 1900 (pg. 1-17 illegible; pg. 18-33 missing)
       Apr 3, 1900 - July 7, 1900
       July 2, 1900 - Aug 30, 1902
       Aug 29, 1902 - June 23, 1903

Reel 7. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       June 25, 1903 - June 28, 1904
       May 29, 1904 - Feb 28, 1905
       Mar 1, 1905 - Aug 31, 1905

Reel 8. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       Mar 1, 1905 - Aug 31, 1905
       Jan 20, 1893 - Oct 10, 1905 (Jan 30, 1893; Sep 2, 1905; Oct 11, 1905; May 21, 1906; Oct 10, 1905)
       May 22, 1906 - Apr 17, 1907
       Apr 23, 1907 - Feb 17, 1908

Reel 9. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       Apr 23, 1907 - Feb 17, 1908 (con't.)
       Feb 17, 1908 - July 31, 1908
       July 31, 1908 - Jan 26, 1909
       Jan 27, 1909 - May 31, 1909

Reel 10. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       Jan 27, 1909 - May 31, 1909 (con't.)
       May 31, 1909 - Oct 15, 1909
       Oct 15, 1909 - Mar 5, 1910
       Mar 5, 1910 - July 12, 1910

Reel 11. Fort Belknap Indian Agency miscellaneous letters sent:
       Mar 5, 1910 - Nov 18, 1910 (con't.)
       July 12, 1910 - Nov 18, 1910
       Nov 15, 1910 - July 8, 1911

Reel 11. List of Indians at Fort Belknap Agency: 1878 - 1883
Reel 11. Registers of annuities issued to Indians, Fort Belknap Agency: 1886 - 1899

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Series 34: Defendant's Dockets, n.d.

These exhibit files are arranged in the order in which the ICC received the materials. The collection of exhibit dockets are comprised of the defendant's exhibits to the ICC Dockets 250-A and 279-C.

Box 17
1. FB1-FB36
2. FB38-68
3. FB 69-102
4. FB103-FB131
5. FB132-FB168
6. FB169-197
7. FB198-213
8. FB214-FB232
9. FB232-FB256

Box 18
1. FB257-FB287
2. FB288-FB317
3. FB318-FB350
4. FB351-FB379
5. FB380-FB393
6. FB394-FB408
7. FB409-FB416
8. FB417-FB427
9. FB428-FB431
10. FB432-FB447

Box 19
1. FB448-FB455
2. FB456-FB468
3. FB469-FB489
4. FB490-FB497
5. FB498-FB528
6. FB529-FB545
7. FB546-FB549
8. FB550-FB565
9. FB566-FB576

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Series 35: Department of Justice Reports, 1975

Reports presented by the C.D. Shultz & Company, INC. To the Department of Justice Land and National Resources Division in connection with claims before the ICC.

Box 19 (cont.)
10. History of economical influences on Ft. Belknap, Blackfeet Indian reservation. Docket 250 A, 279 C, 279 D P 1-99.
11. same/ p 100-145
12. Selective review of water use and related issues on Ft. Belknap reservation 1878-1946 p 1-40+ Digest
13. Management of range resources on Ft. Belknap Reservation 1878-1946 1-78.

Box 20
1. Review of mineral resources and related issues of Ft. Belknap reservation 1878-1946 p 1-29
2. Management of timber resources on Ft. Belknap Reservation 1878-1946 p 1-49
3. Land disposition of Ft. Belknap Reservation 1878-1946 p 1-39

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Series 36: Testimony before the ICC, 1975

Testimony given before the ICC during proceedings under docket number 250-A and 279-C Testimony is in the form of letters to the Department of the Interior, notes, and court transcripts.

Box 20 (cont.)
4. Testimony of P. Plumage Sr. 1895-1937
5. same
6. Testimony of E. Barry and P. Gillis
7. same
8. same

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Series 37: Pleadings before the ICC, 1971-1975

Legal briefs before the ICC containing the pleas from both petitioners and defendants under docket number 250-A and 279-C

Box 20 (cont.)
9. Pleadings before ICC

Box 21
1. Pleadings before ICC
2. Pleadings before ICC

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Series 38: Financial records, 1975

Financial records of Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation in the form of itemized disbursement lists of payments from Ft. Belknap as well as letters and quarterly reports.

Box 21 (cont.)
3. Agriculture
4. Agriculture
5. Agriculture
6. Agriculture
7. Grazing
8. Accident Assoc., Horses Destroyed, Industrial Assis., Engineers, Household
9. Accounting

Box 22
1. Provisions
2. Education
3. Education
4. Land dwellings, subsistence, funeral, employees
5. Clothing, clerks
6. Mechanics

Box 23
1. Health, medical
2. Health, medical
3. Livestock
4. Tribal herd
5. Mills and Shops
6. Mills and Shops, Range Riders, roads and bridges, timber allotment

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Series 39: Plaintiff Exhibits to ICC, 1877-1955

Reports concerning the Office of Indian Affairs requested by the Secretary of the Interior as well as the U.S. Senate. Includes audit reports by the U.S. General Accounting Office on Billings office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and an inspection report of Ft. Belknap.

Box 23 (cont.)
7. Plaintiff exhibits 1915, 1955,1877
8. Plaintiff exhibits 1915, 1955,1877

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Series 40: Briefs, 1974-1977

Legal briefs presented to the ICC.

Box 24 Plaintiff's Briefs
Box 25 Defendant's Briefs

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Series 41: Miscellaneous reports, 1975-1977

Miscellaneous reports presented to the ICC under docket Number 250-A.

Box 26
1. Accounting reports of Ft. Belknap: Research on accounting procedures
2. Accounting reports of Ft. Belknap: Delivery of goods and supplies 1880-1920
3. Accounting reports of Ft. Belknap: Supplemental general accounting report
4. Historical reliability of plaintiffs requested finding of fact and brief findings I-1 to I-1s; finding F-1to F-296; Vol I-V and Vol L-A; findings 88-1 to 88-23.
5. Anthropological considerations relating to Ft. Belknap Reservation.
6. An appraisal of certain land dispositions and uses on the Ft. Belknap Indian reservation.
7. A report on damages suffered by the Ft. Belknap Indian Community as a result of the United States Government's mismanagement of the Ft. Belknap forest.

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Series 42: Appropriation reports, n.d.

Box 26 (cont.)
8. Volume I

Box 27
1. Volume II
2. Volume III

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Updated: 5/13/09