ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 14, 1978
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(Studio) Incrd. demands by American Indians said causing white backlash. Congress bills to limit these claims noted. Window Rock, Arizona, meeting of Indian tribes reported.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Window Rock, Arizona) Meeting filmed. 131 tribes said in attendance. Native American Treaties and Rights Organization (NATRO) explained. Recognition noted of radical Russell Means of American Indian Movement (AIM) by conservative Navajo, Peter MacDonald. [MacDONALD - hails Means as a hero.] Indian unity said outgrowth of white backlash. [President National Conf. of American Indians Veronica MURDOCK - says backlash is real threat.] 1977 Maine film of Indian dances shown. Efforts of Indians to regain lands in Maine recalled. Instances of Indian efforts in Navajo area, specifically the closing down of oil wells in Indian dispute with leasing oil companies, noted; film shown. Vote of NATRO conference to seek United Nations membership for tribes and to form new organization called United Effort reported. Film of Window Rock formation shown; significance of conference assessed.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer
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