ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 04, 1972
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(Studio) Nixon relieves 3 top officials of positions in BIA in wake of Indian protest.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) House committee investigating BIA takeover by Indians is lame duck committee Witnesses from Interior Department worried about jobs. Chairperson Wayne Aspinall already lost his in last election. Interior Secretary Rogers Morton says glad no bloodshed; doesn't want to lay blame. Assistant Secretary Harrison Loesch feels Indians should have been forcibly evicted. Indian Commissioner Louis Bruce and Loesch hesitate to tie affair to President election. [HORTON - denies decision in BIA takeover affected by President election] Loesch was suspended by Morton. [LOESCH - says would have made certain no government property taken by Indians when they left building] Clear that decision made at White House to let Indians tear up BIA rather than risk massacre. Bureaucrats scramble to survive.
REPORTER: David Schoumacher
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