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Indians Took Over the Fort
27 July 2009


HISTORIC MOMENT: It was on May 24, 1973 when a representative of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare signed over the property deed to Fort Lincoln, transferring ownership to the United Tribes of North Dakota Development Corporation. Accepting the deed during a ceremony in the announcer’s stand of the United Tribes powwow arbor were James Henry (at center looking on), acting chairman of the board of directors, and Executive Director Warren Means (at left in light suit). “That was the stroke that made everything else happen here,” Means said of the moment. The transfer required that the former military post be used for educational purposes for a period of 29 years. When that time elapsed in 2002, United Tribes attained clear title to the property. Early on in the college history, agencies had confidence that United Tribes was a good investment of government resources, said Means.