PARSHALL The Three Affiliated Tribes have purchased the Geving Ranch near Parshall.
The purchase was finalized several days ago when Tex Hall, tribal chairman, signed the documents.
Mervin Packineau, Parshall/Lucky Mound representative to the tribal business council, said the purchase price of the ranch is about $1.85 million. He said money for the purchase is from the tribes' general fund. He said no loan was made for the purchase of the ranch.
Located 3 miles northwest of Parshall and along N.D. Highway 23, the property is in the Parshall/Lucky Mound Segment of the Fort Berthold Reservation. Packineau said it is on fee land, which is land that is not held in trust by the U.S. government.
The ranch was purchased from the John Geving Trust, Packineau said. John Geving lives in Pennsylvania.
A landmark in the area, the ranch belonged to John Geving's father, Herbert T. Geving, a Parshall rancher, businessman and North Dakota politician, who died in April 2011. Herbert Geving farmed the land for many years and also raised quarter horses there. The land was homesteaded by his family in the early 1900s. Geving also owned and operated Geving Sanitation for many years in the area.
The purchase includes a total of 67 acres, according to Hall and Packineau. About 40 acres west of the homesite are part of the acreage.
Glenda Baker Embry, tribal public information officer, said the ranch purchase includes a three-story house with 11,250-square-feet of living area and several bedrooms. A new addition to the house was built in 2000. The house has an operating waterfall that runs to a central fireplace. It also has an attached three-car garage. There are several horse barns, other outbuildings and corrals.
The tribes have purchased the surface rights, Packineau said. The mineral rights were not part of the transaction.
Dennis Fox, chief executive officer of the tribe, and staff are working on a business plan for the ranch. The business plan is scheduled to be presented at the September business council meeting.
The Three Affiliated Tribes also own a ranch southwest of Mandaree, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Tribal Ranch and Lodge, long known as the Figure Four Ranch. That ranch was purchased about 13 years ago from the Meyer family.
The tribes own about 10,000 acres there, said Packineau. State and federal lands intermingle with the ranchland that the Three Affiliated Tribes own.
The Geving Ranch at Parshall is about 16 miles west of the site of the tribal refinery project. Thunder Butte Petroleum Services is being planned for a site west of Makoti, also near N.D. Highway 23. The refinery site has 467 acres.
The tribes also own a 10-acre mobile home park near the high school in Parshall.