Missouri Basin Project, River Basin Surveys, Smithsonian Institution, Summary of Progress from the Beginning, In 1946 Through April 1952

Summary

This document summarizes the history and development of the Missouri Basin Project and Inter-Agency Archeological and Paleontological Salvage Program; created to meet the problem posed by the threat to scientific and historical data by the dam construction program in the Missouri Basin and elsewhere. The Missouri Basin water development program of the Bureau of Reclamation and Corps of Engineers has and will continue to inundate numerous sites on which the aboriginal inhabitants of the region lived and buried their dead. Since the Indians lived almost exclusively along the streams, where timber, water, and arable land were available, creation of reservoirs is a serious threat to this kind of scientific data. This is especially true where considerable portions of stream valleys are drowned, as will be the case along the main stem of the Missouri River from the head of Fort Pick Reservoir to the Gavinas Point Dam. The Oahe Reservoir alone will destroy at least 250 sites and will wipe out most of the traces of the former homes of the village tribes which dominated the area when white man first visited it. Reservoirs on the tributaries will also result in the loss of valuable archeological data, often relating to the very early occupation of the Plains. Valuable fossil deposits will be lost likewise.

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Missouri Basin Project, River Basin Surveys, Smithsonian Institution, Summary of Progress from the Beginning, In 1946 Through April 1952. Missouri Basin Project, Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution, River Basin Surveys. 1952 ( tDAR id: 391162) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8125TM6

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min long: -123.75; min lat: 29.78 ; max long: -89.912; max lat: 49.337 ;

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