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PUBLISHED biweekly under the ; authority of the Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board, opin- ions expressed within are not necessarily those of the Exe- cutive Board. ARTICLES pertaining to Indian affairs are welcome. WOTANIN reserves the right to edit ar- ticles submitted for publica- tion. Letters will be edited only when containing typo- graphical errors. WOTANIN is distributed free on the reservation. STAFF Editor - Terry Boyd Typesetter - lone Booth & Carol Granbois Staff Photographer Mario Carrillo - Art & Layout - Stephen Clincher ADDRESS: P.O. Box 493 Poplar, Montana 59255 PH. NO. (406)768-5241 16000 BUDGETED FOR EYEGLASSES The Tribal Executive Board is again providing an eyeglass program for tribal members. This year, S6,000.00 has been budgeted to pay for glasses for adults and school children. This is the fifth yew of the pro- gram. The last four years, only 84,500.00 was budgeted annually ;for this program. Thelribes pay $12.00 on eyeglasses, the individual must pay the difference. This usually amount to three to five dollars. To be eligible for the $12.00 contract, you must be a tribal member. Contact Lida Menz or any members of the Tribal Health, Education and Wel- fare Committee if you want to be in- cluded.# TRIBES NEGOTIATING FOR FHA LOAN The Tribal Executive Board is nego- tiating for another FHA (Farm and Fome Administration) loan to purchase land. Joe Day, chairman of the Tribal Land Committee, made the announcement. \Due to numerous applications for sale of land received from individual allottees, the Tribes are currently in negotiation for an additional loan,\ Day The Tribes e Tribes have previously borrowed 2i million dollars from FHA to purchase - 38,136.72 acres of alloted land. This was purchased in five separate sales. In sale #1, 11,504.47 acres were purchased; sale #2, 7,629.12 acres; sale #3, 6,503. 12 scree; sale #4, 8,055.23 acres; and sale #5, 4,444. 78 acres. The amount of the nest loan and the amount of land that will be purchaeed is yet to be determined.# TRIBES APPROVE EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM The Fort Peck Reservation has been granted approval to participate in an Experimental M-44 Program by the U.S. EnvircrafiVarrib - Mtran Agency. The Tribal Executive Board has ap- proved a supplement to the cooperative agreement with the Montana Fish and Game Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wild- life Service that allows the reservation to participate in wild animal damage control programs managed by the state. The Montana Dept. of Livestock will began immediately the use of sodium cyanide spring loaded ejector mechanisms (M -44's). This experimental program is designed to measure the usefullness of this tool as a method of reducing domes- tic livestock losses due to predation by coyotes and red foxes. A training session for selected Tri- bal ranchers is scheduled for February 20, 1975 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The session will be pre- sented by Gary Nesse, Predatory Animal Control Biologist, Dept. of Livestock, in the auditorium of the Tribal Building in Poplar. Joe Day, chairman of the Tribal Land Committee of which the Tribal Fish & Game Commission is a part of, stated the program was approved by the Executive Board in response to complaints from Tribal members about livestock losses to predators.# POUCE ENFORCE CURFEW ORDINANCE Sylvia Roberts, Chairman of the Tri- bal Law & Order Committee, has announced that the Tribal Police will be enforcing curfew in an effort to reduce the rising juvenile crime rate. Below is an excerpt from the Tribal Law & Order Codes that relates to curfew and the penalities if caught. Sec. 53 Curfew Violation (A) Any Indian child under the age of 18 years shall observe the following curfew schedule: DURING SCHOOL TERMS: All children under the age of 16 years shall be off the streets or in their home before 10:00 p.m., unless accompan- ied by their parents or guardians on a legitimate absence from home. All child- ren aged 16 through 17 shall be off the streets or in their homes before 10:00 p.m. When a school or community func- tion is held which does not close or end prior to the above stated curfew limits, both age groups will be allowed to re- main out until one-half hour after the official close or end of such function. DURING VACATION PERIODS: Group I, under the age of 16, will be allowed to remain out until 11:00 p.m., and Group II, 16 through 17 years of age, will be allowed to remain out until 11:00 p.m. (B) Any Indian parent or guardian who shall fail to have the children observe and obey the above curfew schedules shall be deemed guilty of an offense and upon conviction thereof shall be sen- tenced to labor or confinement for a period of not to exceed 5 days or to a fine of not to exceed $15, or to both such labor or confinement or fine.# • Gordon Brown, 24, has been hired as a counselor aide for the State of Montana Vocational and Rehabilatation Office. Gordon, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Brown of Poplar, has set up temporary offioe in the State Social Services of- fice in Poplar. Serving the reservation, Gordon's duties include counseling and contacting handicapped people to assist them in finding employment or training. Gordon is a graduate of Poplar high School and has attended Billings busi- ness College and Montana State Univer- sity, Bozeman. He has previously worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in the Credit Dept. and Plant Management. He was also a member of the Wotanin staff for over a year and a half. He is mar- eied to Lyda (Bighorn) Brown and has three children.# • HUNTERS PLEAD GUILTY Two white men from Wolf Point plead guilty Friday, Feb. 7, to charges of unlawfully hunting game from an airplane on the Fort Peck Reservation. The two men, Oliver Payne, the hunter and Hardy Anderson, the pilot, were in- dicted the last week of January in U.S. District Court in Billings. The complaint of violation of federal regulations prohibiting the operation of an airplane for the purposes of Shooting or capturing birds, fish or animpls was issued by the U.S. Attorney Otis Packwood in Billings. The two appeared before District Judge James F. Battin last Friday. Both were given suspended sentences and 6 months of unsupervised probation. Maxi- mum penalty for the charges is a sen- tence of not more than one year in pri- son and/or not more than $5,000 fine. The two men were hunting coyotes from Anlerson'e plane Nov. 27, 1974 along the Missouri River west of Wolf Point when they were apprehended by Tribal Fish and Game Warden Walter MacDonald.