ABC Evening News for Monday, Jul 17, 1978
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(Studio) Indian protest march from Lincoln Memorial, past Washington Monument and up to Capitol in conclusion of march that began in California reported; film shown. Protest against some legislature pending in Congress and support of other legislature, all of which affects Indians, outlined.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(White Rocks, UT) Report on government placing of some Indian children in boarding schools and foster homes; details given. Case of Laura Knight and children given as example [Ms. KNIGHT - says Utah government will have police after her if she doesn't let children go; is scared of police.] Indians' objections to methods of deciding which are unfit parents, due to cultural differences between Indians and those making decisions, outlined. [UT Indian Affairs director Bruce PERRY - thinks main problem is with social workers trying to impose own values on Indians.] Jim Bilagody's experience off reservation described. [Navajo Indian Jim BILAGODY - went into whites' world and forgot how to be Indian.] [Ute juvenile officer Smiley ARROWCHIS - describes problems children have in returning to reservation.] Ute tribe's agreement with Utah about children's situation noted. Legis. on issue, pending in Congress, mentioned.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson