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miles west of Yuma, Arizona. The 284-acre project, situated ,n itC-Sta.e 8, will feature 300 full-service RV spaces with parking, an 18-hole golf course, and 20,000 square feet of rec reational buildings, including crafts, cards, billiards, exercise, ballroom snack bar and mini-market. The managing partner for the project will be Resorts Southwest Partners of Phoenix. A Tribal entity, Cocopah Development Corp., negotiated the multi-million-dollar loan through Biltmore National Bank of Phoenix, in coordination with Citicorp and a BIA loan guar anty. The project received approval from the BIA on March 22. Construction is expected to start within 30 days and the project, to be known as the Cocopah Bend RV Resort Partners, will be open for the arrival of winter visitors to the area later this year. DEFENSE CONTRACTS INCREASE EMPLOYMENT ON RESERVATION For 4,000 Laguna Indians living on a half-million-acre reservation west of Albuquerque, New Mexico, producing telecommunications shelters has become an important source of jobs and income. Unemployment ran as high as 76 percent after the uranium mine there closed in 1982. Then, the tribes’ business arm, Laguna Industries, Inc., received a Defense Dept, contract to build the communications shelters, and got training and tech nical assistance from Raytheon Service Co., a firm with considerable expertise in defense contracting. Today, Laguna Industries employs about 180 persons and has a total yearly payroll of about $2.3 million. But employment is still near 50 percent, and Laguna leaders see education and training of young Tribal members as the key to the future. FREE MARKETING SERVICE A Colorado firm offers free, worldwide marketing for Indian and Native Alaska firms through a listing service. The National Indian Business Council invites all Native firms — or anyone wishing to do business with Native firms — to contact them at NIBC, P. O. Box 1263, Englewood, CO 80150-1263 (303/ 692-6579). NATIONAL FOLLO W -UP: A number of front-page stories in 1987 were about BIA boss Ross Swimmer’s plans for reducing the federal government’s involvement with Indian tribes in several areas. None of his ideas will be implemented, it turns out, because Congress rejected them when it approved FY 88 funding last December. The approved budget included an increase of $35 million for the BIA. Programs benefitting from the increase are education and housing improvement, according to Council Signals (a publication of Montana’s Indian Affairs office). A 3% salary increase for 93-638 contract employees was included, as well. Not approved were the initiatives to turn control of BIA schools over to local, not-necessarily-federal entities, and to limit the Bureau’s housing program to the elderly and handi capped. The budget action also nullifies the plan to stop funding law enforcement efforts on reservations sharing some jurisdiction with the state, which includes the Flathead. * The BIA was the subject of a series of news articles in The Arizona Republic last year — articles that stirred up a lot of attention in Washington, D.C., as they related recent cases of the Bureau’s neglect of some of the people and resources it’s charged to protect As a result of the series, a special U.S. Senate panel is investigating the allegations of fraud. Leading the investigation is Kenneth Ballen, 32, who is a former staff counsel for the House Select Committee that investigated secret arms transactions with Iran. * PINE RIDGE — A while back, we ran an article about a youth organization formed by Prince Charles of England that, among other things, was looking for projects concerning American Indian tribes. Word has since been received that ten young people from the Oglala Sioux Nation will be selected soon to participate in an upcoming expedition with the organi zation, Operation Raleigh, offering to provide $1,500 of the $3,500 each will need for expenses. Donations are being sought to reach the $22,000 necessary to send the ten on the trip, which will focus on science, leadership skills, service to others, and adventure. To contribute to the fund, send a (tax- deductible) check or money order to: Operation Raleigh USA — Lakota Youth, 109 East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27611. Social Security appeal process Have you applied for Social Security disability checks? Or are you a disability beneficiary whose case has come up for review? If so, you need to know your appeal rights if a decision is made that you are not disabled. There are four appeal steps which generally must betaken in order. You have 60 days after receiving a written notice you disagree with to request an appeal at any Social Security office. The first appeal step is called a reconsideration. A thorough independent review of your case is made by individuals who had no part in the original decision. If you do not agree with the reconsideration decision, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who had no part in the original or reconsidered decision. If you disagree with the ALJ’s decision, you may ask for a review by the Appeals Council. And finally, you may bring a civil action in a Federal court if you are not satisfied with the Appeals Council’s decision, or if it declined to review your case. You have special appeal rights if you get a notice that you are no longer disabled. You can meet in person with a disability decisionmaker at the first appeal step to explain why you thinkyou are still disabled. And you can ask to have benefits continued through a decision by an Administrative Law Judge (although you may have to repay these benefits later if your appeal is not successful). If you wish more information about your appeal rights, call the local Social Security office. The people there can send you a free leaflet that provides further details. Or, visit the SSA field representative when he’s in Ronan or Poison, or call THD’s Margene Asay at 676-2770. E n m r a m i June 1, 1988 - CSKTs Char-Koosta News, Pablo, MT - PAGE 9