October 1984 - Public Law 98-602 - Fort Berthold Reservation Mineral Restoration Act
2004 - Chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota, asked the ASA/CW to transfer Garrison Dam/Lake Sakakawea project lands within the exterior boundary of the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.
2005 - USACE implements a process that maximized public, state, Tribal and Federal involvement.
May 2005 - Public Meetings held.
May 2006 - Draft Effects Report Released - Concluding that lands within the Fort Berthold Reservation boundaries, above 1854 mean sea level, excluding current recreation and wildlife management areas, were eligible for consideration under the FBMRA.
June 2006 - Public Meetings on Draft Effects Report held.
July 2012 - Tribal Chairman resubmits request to transfer 36,000 acres of land. Request is identical to the one sent in 2004.
May 2015 - Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA/CW) and the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (DOI/IA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) outlining the process for transferring jurisdiction of some Garrison project lands no longer needed for the construction, maintenance and operation, to the Department of the Interior to be held in trust for the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation).
April 2016 - Funding made available to implement the MOA.
Next Steps - In accordance with the MOA, the Omaha District will finalize the 2006 Draft Effects Report taking into account public comments from previous outreach efforts; complete an environmental review of the property; and draft and process the documents required to transfer the jurisdiction of the land to the DOI. It is anticipated that the completion of the transfer process could take place within one year of the initiation of the process.