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Hickel Appointment #200149

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 17, 1969
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(Studio) Secretary Int. designate Walter Hickel having hardest time with Senate committee
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Hickel ends 3 hearing days promising to maintain Alaska land freeze, to get rid of conflicts of interest, and denying anything improper in business franchise. After Senate hearing over, has to deal with public interest groups. [Sierra Club Executive David BROWER - asks if Hickel leads, will anyone follow, after doubt followed him to office. Asks governor to remove name from consideration.] Militant Indian afraid Hickel will give land away and open it up for settlement. No President appointee turned down in 50 years Any Senator's objection could delay confirmation.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr

Cronkite, Walter;
Schorr, Daniel

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