CBS Evening News for Monday, May 15, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court's longstanding refusal to rule in cases involving homosexual activity among consenting adults noted. Court's adherence to own tradition by refusing to rule in such case from North Carolina reported Court ruling about Indian tribes' immunity from civil suits in case such as one involving passage of tribal mbrship. to children of mixed marriage, according to Pueblo tribal rules, stated.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Miles and Julia Martinez' life with children on Santa Clara Pueblo Reservation in New Mexico described; her court fight to ensure that children and grandchildren can inherit family home on Santa Clara reservation detailed. Julia is full-blooded Santa Clara, husband is Navajo; Santa Clara tribal law against children inheriting through mother in mixed marriage stated. [Julia MARTINEZ - wants children to have what is hers when she's gone. Cites concerns about children not being members of tribe and having no voice anywhere.] [Daughter, Audrey MARTINEZ - says children's whole way of life is Santa Clara.] Position of tribal cncl., supported by 190 other Indian tribes, given. [Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Paul TAFOYA - feels that only way that Indians can maintain right to live as Indians is to be able to govern selves in total control in tribal matters.] Details of Supreme Court ruling, in major opinion written by Justice Marshall, given.
REPORTER: Fred Graham Artist: John D. Hart