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Native NationsMandan, Hidatsa & Arikara
Tex Hall, Tribal Chair
Edwin Benson, Language Teacher
 

Tex Hall (Transcript)

ood morning. My name is Tex Hall. My Indian name is Red Butte. I'm the chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes...the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation...here at Fort Berthold in New Town, North Dakota. I would like to welcome everybody. I would like to speak a little Hidatsa because I am Mandan and Hidatsa.

Dosha, Nuxbaga-oh. Nidisha iputa ishaehedz.

"As chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, I would like to extend a welcome to all the visitors that will be coming to North Dakota and to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. When Lewis and Clark came upon our homelands in October, 1804, they wintered with our ancestors at Knife River. They stayed with our people for nearly six months, until April, 1805.

"Our relatives and our ancestors say that without our people the expedition would have never happened. They would never have survived the winter. They ate Mandan corn, buffalo meat, and learned the ways of communication and survival.

"So we welcome all the visitors who will be coming to North Dakota. We know you will have a very enjoyable and educational stay."

Tex Hall, Tribal Chair
Edwin Benson, Language Teacher


 
From Discovering Lewis & Clark ®, http://www.lewis-clark.org © 1998-2014
by The Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, Washburn, North Dakota.
Journal excerpts are from The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, edited by Gary E. Moulton
13 vols. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1983-2001)