Wotanin Wowapi (Poplar, Mont.) 1975-2007, February 27, 1975, Image 13

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meet The manpower Staff Wotamlnwowapi Laverne \Pence Dmarriae (pictured above) is the Tribal. Vbmvover Adminis- tration Receptionist. She will be the first person you will see Shen you visit the Manpower Office, Poplar, Montana. Laverne is from Brockton, Montana and has attended Maranon Business College, San Francisoo, California. She is mar- ried to Abe DaMarrias. Penny recieves all visitors and cli- ents. She can provide Intake services to interested applicants, as well as appli- cations for CA and direct employment applications. She takes appointments, schedules in- terviews, talks with people who have all sorts of requests, needs, and business with Manpower staff personnel. She main- tains slot of CETA records, data and in- formation the Administration needs in its day to day program operations. Me. DeMarrias alSo will be developing job orders, job descriptions, .caining outlines, employability plans etc., once additional elements of the CEPA Compre- hensive Manpower Program become fully activated. Some of her related teaks will be as- sisting in Personnel Management, special clerical duties, Data analysis, Flow Chart development, and Management Infor- mation System routing and analysis.# Pictured above is Collins Rising Sun, Counseling/Education Officer for the Tribal Office of Manpower Adminis- tration. Mk. Rising Sun is completing his fourth year of employment with the CETA Office. His responsibilities and duties are major. Collins attended Haskell College, Billings Business College, and the Uni- versity of Montana. Before joining the Manpower staff he was the Deputy Commun- ity Action Program Director for the Fort Peek Office of Ecommic Opportunity, previously he had worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in several locations in the state of Montana. Collins works 5096 of the time on the reservation CETA programs, which consist of Title II, Title III and Title IV and approximately 5096 of his time on the State of Montana Title 1 programs (Youth Training) which the Office of Manpower Administration operates in Carter, Cus- ter, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, MCCone, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Valley and Wibaux counties. Collins probably has the largest caseload of any counselor in the state of Montana. Mr. Rising Sun was the Counselor on the Neighborhood Youth Corps that was selected by a USDL Research Consulting firm, as the number #1 program in the nation. This program was sponsored by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation. Collins will be representing the Fort Peek Reservation and the State of Montana JACS volunteers at a Regional meeting in Denver, Colorado during the last week in February, with all expenses paid by the Joint Action in Community Services Regional Office. He is involved in program design in such activities as classroom +raining, on-the-job training, vocatiotal train- ing, and subsidized employment activi- ties. He is an advocate for the partici- pant, a helper. He maintains an office in the CETA building in Poplar, Montana, however, in light of his busy sohedule and necessary field work, anyone wishing to contact him should call for an ap- pointment. His work is with participants and others referred to him by the Agency Ad- ministrator. His work is confidential with participants and any record main- tained by his office is confidential.# 40 IMENOMINEES ARRAIGNED WASHINGTON, D.C. (AIPA) --Over 40 Menominees have been arraigned on mis- demeanor and felony charges following the Feb. 3 evacuation of a Roman Catho- lic monastery in Gresham, Wisc., held for 34 days by the Menominee Warriors Society. The occupation, which begain at mid- night of New Year's Day, ended two days after agreement was reached between the Warriors Society and representatives of the Alexian Brothers, owners of the 64 - room novitiate, to transfer title to the monastery and surrounding grounds to the Menominee Tribe. The agreement, signed by both parties and their attorneys, reads: \For the consideration of 81.00 and other good and valuable considerations, we the undersigned enter into the fol- lowing contract: 1. The Alexian Bro- • thers promise the deed to the novitiate property to the Menominee Indian Tribe at time tribe returns to legal tribal status. 2. The Indians in the novitiate will peacefully leave the building and groumds. 3. A Committee of three whites and throe Menominee Indians will be named. These six people will elect one Mare person. \4. The committee Will perform care- taking and management functions until deed converts to the Menominee Tribe. The Menominee Indian Tribe will be ex- pected to make a good faith effort to provide fair reimbursements to the Bro- thers for the value of the property. \We the undersigned affirm that this contract is made in good faith and with- out any duress whatsoever. This contract is entered into by all parties voluntar- ilg.\ The provisional government, the Men- ominee Restoration Committee, was elect- ed pursuant to the Menominee Restora- tion Act of 1973 by secret ballot. The Committee is headed by Ada Deer, who has been acclaimed widely as the person most responsible for the accomplishment of Menominee restoration. The Committee is unique in Indian rountry in its predom- inance of female members, a subeot of dispute among sore !'enominee people. Mention was made of this issue in the list of demands drawn up during the nov- itiate's occupation. 'noise demands in- cluded: . The Alexian Brothers novi''ate to be deeded to the Menominees \for whatever use the Menominee, decide upon.\ . More recreational facilities and pro - grams for Menominee youth and adults. . The establishment of tribal unity \to be achieved by a return to tribal tradi- tions and culture.\ . \To reestablish Menominee males' dom- inant leadership roles in tribal af- fairs. . \To pursue all the rights that the Menominee have lost through violation of treaties. . \Adequate medical and health care on the Menominee Indian Reservation. This should include Menominees in urban areas. . \Indian educational facilities by Ind- ians and for Indians with emphasis on Indian culture. Law enforcement to be controlled by the Menominees. Adequate housing for the Menominee people --more and better housing. On Jan.19, a small group of Menominee people --under 200 calling themselves Concerned Menominees--voted to call for the ouster of the Restoration Committee and to replace that governing body with nine men. The nine men were chosen at that same meeting, and were instrumental in bringing the occupation to what Col. Hush Simonson, eommander of the Wiscon- sin National Guard unit, called \a bloodless conolusi - sn.\ The Restoration Committee has wield comment on the election, eaying .nlo that the Committee is duly elected and will not step down. In a Restorat!on Committee press re- lease issued !r. early January, that body stated its pcsitiln or. the occupation: WHEN: WHERE: Page 13 Feb. 27, 1975 A.I.M. GENERAL MISTING Monday., March 3, 1975. 7:30 p.m. Tribal Board Chambers, Poplar, Montana. Refreshments will be served. \We do not condone unlawful taking of property by anyone, be it Indian or white... .We do not sanction anarchy in any form or style... .The Menomillse elec- tion process and votes oast by Menominee tribal members have indicated over- whelming support of tribal leaders Recent tribal elections have demonstrat- ed that Menominees want to move forward and have rejected the philosphy of viol- ence and anarchy demonstrated by persons opposing the elected tribal leaders.\ In response to the presence of Ameri- can Indian Movement (AIM) leaders and members in the Gresham area, the Restor- ation Committee called on several na- tional Indian organizations to send rep- resentatives to the reservation. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Tribal Chairmen's Association (NTCA) and the National Ind- ian Youth Council (NM) each sent one member. Acting on the report of NCAI board member Michael Chosa, that organization drew up a resolution in support of the Restoration Committee. A copy of the resolution was displayed on the wall of a reservation auditorium, read to per- • sons attending a Concerned Menominee meeting and destroyed with the following comment from a Menominee man: \Its like we've said all along --Ada Deer's con- stiuents are in Washington, D.C., not here on the reservation.\ The Chose report on NCAI was based on interviews with \a cross-section of Men- ominees living on the reservation,\ said Choea, \which showed that most people support the Restoration Committee and Mb. Deer.\ Whatever are the numbers of Menominees On whichever political side, it remains that the tribal split will possibly take a longer time to fuse than will the resolution of court cases coming out of the occupation. At this printing, over half of those persons arrested remain in the Shawano County Jail in lieu of bond ranging from 8150 to 850,000. Most of those arrested have been charged with two misdemeanors - criminal trespass and disorderly con- duct. Five persons are charged with com- binations of the following felonies: two counts of armed robbery, one count of armed burglary, six counts of false imprisonment and one count of endanger- ing the safety of others by conduct re- gardless of life. The five Menominees, all in their 20s, charged with felonies are Michael E. Sturdivant, John Wabanascum, Robert Chevalier, John Perote and Doreen Dixon, who fate total sentences of 102 years each. Those charged with misdemeanors face two years each.#

Wotanin Wowapi (Poplar, Mont.), 27 Feb. 1975, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/WotaninWowapi/1975-02-27/ed-1/seq-13/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.