CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 16, 1973
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(Studio) Interior Department discusses how Indian takeover Wounded Knee, South Dakota, might have been avoided.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Admin. sends to Congress 7 bills aimed at providing more self-determination for Indian tribes. Some would allow Indians to run some BIA programs. Bills earlier rejected by Congress [Undersecretary Interior John WHITAKER - says nothing productive can come from Wounded Knee incident.] Whitaker says earlier passage Indian bills might have prevented Wounded Knee occupation. Says Department will talk to tribal chief Richard Wilson but not to militants unless tribe itself so desires.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
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