CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 12, 1978
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(Studio) Report on decision by Indians across United States to coordinate strategy in pressing land claims.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Window Rock, Arizona) Planned mtgs. at Navajo nation capital of Window Rock, Arizona, to coordinate strategy on fighting alleged growth of white backlash to Indian claims to land and water and fishing rights detailed. Exs. of problems are Washington controversy over Indians' fishing rights and Maine land claims by Penobscot and Passamaquoddy tribes. Films shown. [ME homeowner Pat NORRIS - is bothered that she's paying for 200-yr.-old event.] Other conflicts between Indians and non-Indians outlined, include Navajo seizure of oil field in UT. Problems involved in old treaties, signed before Indians were granted United States citizenship, detailed. [Representative John CUNNINGHAM - says treaties were signed between United States and foreign nation, for all practical purposes, and this is no longer the case.] Indians' position cited; their comparison of Arizona meeting to gathering at Little Big Horn and to Martin Luther King, Junior's, protests in South noted. [Navajo tribal chairperson Peter MacDonald-says they're not here to take others' rights or demand more, but to keep what they have.] [Navajo Bobby GEORGE - says their lives and futures as American Indians are at stake.] Concerns of Indians re white backlash stated. Cross-country march by group of Indians en route to DC mentioned.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg