CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 28, 1977
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(Studio) Justice Department says Indians cut back Maine land claims.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Indian Twp., ME) Film of land scenes shown. Indians and federal government seek return of millions of acres to Indians. Justice Department holds land belongs to Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Indians. Monetary damages also to be sought. Non-Intercourse Act of 1790 explained. Congress never acted on transfer of disputed land from Indians more than century ago. ME's argument cited. [Attorney Tom TUREEN - says federal government acts now to right old wrong.] Poverty of Indians noted. Relations between Indians and whites now strained. [Home-owner Pat NORRIS - believes white, middle class Americans being ill used in concern with regard to minorities.] Pulp and paper companies to be hurt as occupants of much disputed land. Indians try to negotiate with state in order not to interrupt state's main industry State wants Indians to seek monetary damages, not press land claims. [ME attorney general Joseph BRENNAN - explains ME's stance.] [Passamaquoddy Governor John STEVENS - wants land.] [Indian Lena BROOKS - says she'll be dead before matter is settled.] Children said most important. Fight to continue
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup