Wotanin Wowapi (Poplar, Mont.) 1975-2007, February 27, 1975, Image 6

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a fzie,r2_ Wotaninwowapi Page 6 Feb. 27, 1975 ein3Fror smut . LUMMI LAND CELEBRATION PLANNED Around Feb. 15, the Lummi Tribe on Wash- ington State's Puget Sound will host Indian guests and high-level officials as it celebrates cengressional action on a bequest of 220 acres of surplus naval property in the heart of its reservation for tribal use. About 71 tribes can now benefit from the bill lobbied through Congress by Lummi representative Samuel Cagey and Makah tribesman Gene Parker, and signed Dec. 20 by Ford. That act sets precedents for the return of sur- plus lands within tribal trust areas. Planned Lummi tribal uses for the 220 - acre Marietta Naval Radio Facility: tri- bal administration, halfway house, juv- enile rehabilitation, maintenance, training, tri-tribal ohmic (for Lummi, Neoksack and Swinomish), wild fowl refuge, storage and miscellanaeue uses. Although the Navy left a number of structures behind, they were \stripped right down to the skeleton,\ according to a Lummi representative.# JACKSON PRESSES FOR FUNDING OF THE INDIAN FINANCING ACT Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D -Wash., wrote a letter to Interior Sec. Rogers Morton Jan. 16 asking why the Interior Depart- ment was delaying implementation of the Indian Financing Act. Sen. Jackson noted A hat the bill had been si edinto law pril 12, 1974, but since that time only c one section of the act, the Indian Busi- ness Development Program, had been im- plemented. Jackson urged Interior offi- cials to implement the revolving loan fund and insured loan sections of the act as soon as possible, and requested that the Interior Desertment announce when the remaining provisions would be implemented. # INDIAN ACCESS TO NON -IRS HOSPITALS AFFIRMED HEW Secretary Caspar Weinburger announc- ed on Jan. 7 that Indians could not be refused health or medical services in ' state, local and federal agencies. Ac- cording to these new guidelines, Indians will be able to receive medical services \ through Medicare, public assistance and SPI ther programs. All health institutions which receive federal support are now obligated to serve Indian patients under these new rules. Indians attempting to get medical help were often referred to distant Indian Health Service Hospitals in the past by state and local offi- cials. Sec. laeinburger noted that this was a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibits use of federal funds for programs that discriminate as to race, creed or color.# \MOST IMPORTANT INDIAN LEGISLATION SCE 1934\ On Jan. 4, President Ford signed S.1017, the Indian SW -Determination and Educa- tion Assistance Act of 1974, sponsored by Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Chairman Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D -Wash., and it was imiediately heralded by Wash- ington insiders as the \most important Indian landmank legislation since 1934.\ during the Indian New Deal of Commis- sioner John ;Collier. BIA Commissioner Morris Thomplon, who views the new con- tract enabling act as one which will characterize :his remaining years at the Bureau, immediately created a BIA Imple- mentation Committee on the act, headed by Personnel , Chief Abe Zuni. Yet unde- cided was whether the BIA would request supplemental .''appropriations of at least $35 million authorized in the act for new school Construction. The bill au- thorizes tribal takeovers in vast fash- ion and Jake es major innovations in the educationea.gteld.# _ WOUNDED KNEE TRIALS IN PHOENIX Feb. 7 will mark the opening of the fed- eral case against Wounded Knee defend- ants in Phoenix, Az. Those charged with conspiracy to transport arms illegally into Wounded Knee across state lines are Russell C. Means, Stanley R. Holder, Eugene C. Heavyrunner, Ronald D. Petite and Herbert G. Powless. An FBI report, circulated in that agency and leaked to Indians in the media, in government and in Indian organizations before the con- clusion of the Wounded Knee occupation in May of 1973, alleged that Means, Holder, Heavyrunner, Petite and an un- named informant drew up plane to pur- chase hand guns and other weapons from a source in San Francisco. The California connection, continued the report, proved unsuccessful, and Powless was sent to a pawnshop in Phoenix where he was later arrested fblloving the alleged trans- action. The wide distribution of the FBI document in 1973 gave rise to specula- tion concerning the identity of the in- formant, the actual existence of such an informer and possible motives for the agency's leakage. Many felt that the document distribution was in keeping with the famous FBI directive of the past decade to \make them think there's an agent behind every rock.\* ALASKA -CANADA PiFELINE PLANS ANNOUNCED The Alaskan Arctic Gas Pipeline Company has filed cost estimates with the Feder- al Power Commission for a projected Alaska-Canada pipeline, which will run from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to the Canad- ian border on the Yukon and down the Mackenzie River Valley in Canada to the U.S. border. Costs for the 200 -mile Alaskan segment are estimated at $590 million and the 2,400 -mile Canadian seg- ment is estimated at $5 billion. The timetable sets preconstrucion activity on the Alaskan portion for 1977. The laying of pipe will begin in November of 1977. The pipeline is slated to be com- pleted by mid -1980.# THE MACDONALD-GOLDWATER VOTE FRAY Newly reelected Navajo Tribal Chairman Peter MacDonald has called \slanderous completely unfounded and totally irre- sponsible\ charges made recently by Sen. Barry Goldwater, R.Az. and ex -trader in Indian jewelry and other objects, that the Congress on Political Education (COPE) of the AFL-CIO paid 12¢ -a -mile and issued free beer chits to Navajos who voted in the Nov. 5 elections. Goldwater says he has turned over vote - buying evidence, to the Justice Depart- ment for an investigation. A COPE spokesperson also denied the allegation of potential illegalities in the voter registration drive, saying that the aid was \mainly in the form of organization- al assistance and technical registration matters for the senatorial, congression- al and gubernatorial elections, not for the tribal elections:\ The AFL-CID en- dorsed Sen. Goldwater 's opponent In the last election. In a new demonstration of combined political power, Navajoe voted almost 9 0 percent for Democrats in the November election, and opposed Goldwater, whO had supported Hopis in Congress over the Hopi -Nava' land die- pute. MacDonald, who has been reportedly involved in attempt, to unionize the Navajos who work in deep coal and!strin mines on the reservation. em fled the allegations \an attemrt by Goldwater t. break up an effort by Navaer to veer- .;siet their righte,ag_aitizens.\ 1 A 1975 PACKAGE FROM PRESIDENT FORD? Top Ford administration sources tell ATPA that President Gerald Ford will soon announce his own package of Indian billo, together with a special Ford Indian message now in the making, about mid -February or early March. Among the expected Ford initiatives: amendments to the 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act which has produced countless suits a- gainst tribal sovereignty, creation of a President's Committee on Indian Matters in the White House, and initiatives an the consolidation of Indian lands. Ad- ministration officials in the Office of Management and Budget, Interior, BIA and Justice are now at work on the antici- pated Ford message, prepared to signal continued presidential interest in self- determination without termination.# DEMMERT APPOINTED DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF INDIAN EDUCATION Dr. William G. Demmert, Jr., Tlingit and Sioux from Klavock, Alaska, was appoint- ed Jan. 30 as the first Deputy Commis- sioner of Indian Education, Office of Education, Department of Health, Educa- tion and Welfare (HEW), which post car- ries with it the responsibility for the implementation and administration of the Indian Education Act (authorized under Title IV, PL 92-318), now in its second year of operation with a funding author- ity of $40 million. The first Native American to be awarded a doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at Har- vard University, Demmert received his bachelor's degree in education from Seattle Pacific College and his master's degree in educational administration from the University of Alaska. Before joining the Office of Education, Demmert was a planning advisor for the Indian Education Act in the Office of the Sec- retary, HEW. He is a member of the Amer- ican Association of School Administra- tors and of the Harvard Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, and was a founder of the National Indian Education Association where he served as treasurer and a mem- ber of the board of directors.# HEW & CSC SIGN INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT An interagency agreement providing for the delivery of technical assistance by the Intergovernmental Personnel Programs Division, U.S. Civil Service Commission (CSC) to Denver region tribal adminis- tration in the area of personnel manage- ment for 1975, was signed Dec. 6 between Dr. George Blue Spruce, Director, Office of Native American Programs, HEW, and George Dwyer, Regional Director, CSC. Selected for major technical assistance projects were the following five tribes: Standing Rock Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Og- lala Sioux, Southern Ute and the antah- Ouray. The Jan. 13 announcement of the agreement states that , \requests from other Tribal Administrations for Techni- cal Assistance will receive attentions as time and resources allow on a first come, first serve hasis.\# IA HEAD RECEIVES HONOR MIA Comiesioner Morris Thompson was se- lected Jan. 12 by the U.S. Junior Cham- ber of Commerce as one of America's ten outstanding young men. Thompson, 35, the oungest person to serve as Commissioner e BIA's 140 -year history, was cited as one who \overcame greatOdde-to dis- tinguish himself as one of the nation's most effective spokesmen for his people, the American Indian.\ Interior Secretary Rogers Morton characterized the honor as \symbolic of the achievements and pro- gress of all American Indians. One of the reasons Morrie was given this honor was because he overcame the odds against a poor Athabascan Indian from the fish camps of the Yukon River. Today there are tho - .:sande of Indians overcoming sim- ilar odds and moving towards greatness in various fields. He is certainly de- serv . :nz of this honor given him. The Indian eimmunity has ts!en substantial strides toward self- 4?terminntion under C:.mmisslner .Thompson's leadership.\ Thomps: , n ha e held the top BIA position since Dec. 3, 0 MILLION TO PROM(YTS INDIAN BUblfiElib THROUGH Just 30 The Indian Business Development Program, stablished by Title IV of the Indian cing Act of 1974, has received a $10 million appropriation for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1975, according to e Jan. 10 BIA release, \to promote Indian. -owned profit -making businesses that benefit Indian reservations and communities. It provides equity capital through non -reimbursable grants, whi, cannot exceed 40 percent of the tot financing required or $50,000 --whichever is the lesser. Also, grants can only be made to applicants unable to find ade- quate financing from other sources.\ The regulations were published in the Feder- al Register and made effective on Dec. 27, 1974. Application forms and informa- tion may be obtained from BIA Agency Superintendents .# FRANKEL NAMED BIA DEPUTY COMMISSIONER On Feb. 3 Harley M. Frankel, 33, present head of the Bureau of Child Development Services, HEW, will assume the post of BIA Deputy Commissioner. Commissioner Thompson explained the post as \primari- ly a management and administrative one concerned with day-to-day operations of the organization. I hope to draw upon Frankel's solid organizational training and study in this capacity as my depu- ty.\ Frankel, a non -Indian, is a native of Riohmond, Va., a member of the Colum- bia College Alumni Association's Board of Directors and was Columbia varsity team captain. He holds a master's in Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. in social sciences and a B.S. in opera- tions research from Columbia Univer- sity.# =TABLE FOR INDIAN POLICY REVIEW COMMISSION The American Indian Policy Review Com- mission, signed into law Jan. 4, now has its first three members --Senators Mark O. Hatfield, R -Ore., Lee Metcalf, D -Mont., and James Abourezk, D-S.D., who proposed the Commission to Congress and who will probably be the body's chair- man. In early February three Representa- tives will be named to the•Commission, which will conduct a comprehensive re- view of Indian policy and programs. Also teria) are three federally recognized Tribal members, one state or rural mem- ber and one urban member. Informed per- sona on the Hill say top Indian affairs congressional people are evenly split on the question of whether or not the Com- mission's staff director should be an Indian. Indian persons who are interest- ed in serving on the Commission staff should send resumes to: American Indian Policy Review Commission, Sen. James Abeurezk, New Senate Office Building, Room 1105, Washington, D.C., 20510, Attn. Pete Stavrianoe. The Commission itself is expected to dominate Indian interest for the next two years, may spring significant news leaks, and de- pending on the quality and kind of its task force members, may tackle the major unresolved Indian questions of t time. It is likely that Congress vi pass nn major legislation cone Indian affairs before the final conclu- sion of the Commission. * 3

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