CBS Evening News for Friday, May 13, 1977
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(Studio) Indians' land claims have come up in northe. states in recent years One case involving Mohawk Indians and New York is settled today.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Eagle Bay, New York) Indians say they wanted to live according to tradition and couldn't on reservation. [Mohawk spokesperson KAKIRAKERON - says they're giving future generations choice of going into greater society or staying with tradition proven to work.] Eagle Bay, New York, residents outraged when armed Indians took over state land. [Steve MULLER - would get put in jail if he did similar thing.] [Charlotte PYLMAN - not worried with regard to violence, but doesn't like Indians breaking laws others have to abide by.] Because efforts to farm at Eagle Bay site were unsuccessful, Indians agree to move to state forest area in Clinton Cnty., near Altona and Schuyler Falls, New York; state leases land to group. Officials say it's beginning of new era in relations, but admit reception in Clinton Cnty. not certain. [New York secretary state Mario CUOMO - notes natural reaction to strange things is fear, but it can be overcome.] Some residents say this will encourage other such acts. [Douglas BENNETT - asks who'll be next to seize state land, if this conts.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard