CBS Evening News for Sunday, Jul 10, 1977
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(Studio) Prominence of coal, due to energy crisis, produces another kind of crisis for Crow Indians, whose Montana reservation is rich in coal.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Crow Agency, MT) Crow have tried to get along with whites; they scouted for Custer at Little Big Horn, but he ignored them. White man hasn't done much. [Lincoln WHITESHIRT - says whites have gotten fat off reservations' land and resources while Indians have suffered in ignorance and poverty.] Resources of coal on Crow land noted. Ron Holt is local TV reporter; is Nez Pierce Indian, wife is Crow. [HOLT - says coal means for once Indians will be on own and feel in control of destiny.] So far, 1 small mine is in operation by Westmoreland Resources Company, which pays Crow royalties; Indians want part of action. [Barney OLD COYOTE - cites Indians' desires for sale of coal and control of development] [Jiggs YELLOWTAIL - says tribe wants control in all phases of operation.] Some of tribe decide to impeach tribal chairperson Patrick Stands Over Bull due to his political stand on coal development and other charges. [STANDS OVER BULL - says nothing has been proven against him so far.] Tribal council meeting to vote on matter noted. Another anti-Stands Over Bull man is Harris Nosegun. [NOSEGUN - talks against chairperson] [STANDS OVER BULL - takes up impeachment process.] Chairperson loses vote. [STANDS OVER BULL - declare votes null and void.] [YELLOWTAIL - wants grandchildren to have-better lifestyle than he's had.] Whites have had part in divisiveness in tribe, but Indians are also to blame. One observer says he's reminded of line in "Pogo" cartoon strip; this quoted.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton