Tex Hall, Tribal Chair

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Good morning. My name is Tex Hall. I'm the tribal chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes . . . the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation . . . here at Fort Berthold at present day 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.

My Indian name is Red Butte, which is a sacred site near near present day Twin Buttes, North Dakota. 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.