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Indians / OPEC Advice #250172

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 30, 1977
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(Studio) Report on group of Americans that has turned to OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) for advice on charging prices desired.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Navajo Reservation, Arizona) Details given of efforts of 22 American Indian tribes to get OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) experts' advice on getting prices they want for mining rights to natural resources contained under Indian lands. Indians' claim that Bureau of Indian Affairs doesn't help them in negotiating good contracts to rights cited. [Navajo tribal chairperson Peter McDONALD - says they're doing this as part of American tradition of free enterprise.] Rising militancy among Indians who believe energy development is key to improving standard of living for selves noted; reaction of Bureau of Indian Affairs to latest move by Indians cited. (Interview with Renee Poussaint.) [Interior Department undersecretary James JOSEPH - states that Department plans reorg. of Bureau of Indian Affairs because of its inefficiency.] Indians proceed with plans to request advice from OPEC.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Drinkwater, Terry;
Mudd, Roger

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