CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 09, 1976
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(Studio) In ME, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot Indians go to court claiming ownership of 60% of state. Off Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard Island in town of Gay Head, there's town meeting tonight with regard to whether or not to continue fighting suit by Wampanoag Indians with regard to ownership of 250 acres of land here. On Cape Cod, Mashpee, Massachusetts, Wampanoags want whole town.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Mashper, Massachusetts) At Indian council mtgs. overriding question is town's ownership. [Hazel FERMINO - says town was always Indians' land.] Indians claim in courts is based on Indian Act of 1790, which they say says Indian land can't be transferred without congress approval and has paralyzing effect on mostly white community. [Land developer John UMINA - says he'll lose property and doesn't feel he should pay for sins committed 100 years ago.] Little people being affected also; Tom Bourgeois can't finish building home. [BOURGEOIS - says son really excited with regard to new home and it's hard to answer his questions.] Albert Andersons are stuck with their home. [ANDERSON - notes money tied up in home and consequences if Indians' claims materialize.] Indians' views noted. [FERMINO - says other people don't think as Indians do; others think in terms of dollars, don't care for land.] In Pilgrim days amount of Wampanoag land was Cape Cod almost to Boston. Chief now is restaurant owner Earl Mills. [MILLS - says Indians were wronged and, in this cntry., should be some accting. for it.] Legal processes being used noted.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup
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