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H,TM-. W3Z-L,- »."*^S«SB ·a »-, MISSION SCHOOL IN OAK CREEK CANYON AREA, SITE OF SEDONA INDIAN i Poll Shows Escalation Favored SANTA'S HELPERS--Pilots Jim Lucey (left) and Russ O'Quiim (right) of Flight Test Research, Inc., flank a Long Beach group helping unload supplies for snowbound Indians at Sedona, Ariz., after first airlift into the isolated area. L.B. Santas Airlift Happiness to Storm-Plagued Indians By HERB SHANNON Aerospace Editor Christmas will come on schedule for the children of the Sedona Indian Mission school in frozen northern Arizona, thanks to a Long Beach airlift by a privately- owned DCS executive aircraft. S a n t a ' s sleigh couldn't have made it in lime. The cargo of toys for the children and food, clothing MRS. PAUL MAGNUSON and medical supplies for their families on the surrounding reservation was the first outside assistance to arrive since a four-fool snowfall isolated the Oak Creek Canyon community more than a week ago. There was hardly room for Santa's Long Beach helpers aboard the aircraft, converted to a freighter for the occasion by Flight Test Research, Inc., 2680 E. Wardlow Rcl. Cartons of toys, hales of clothing, boxes of canned goods and sacks of flour, rice and sugar donated hy individuals and groups crammed the interior of the plush passenger cabin, The plane and its crew received a warm welcome when pilots Russ O'Quinn and Jim Lucey, who donated (he aircraft and their services, put the DC3 down on the tiny mesa-top Sedona airport with wingtips brushing snowdrifts on either side of the cleared runway. * * * * ON HAND to receive the materials was Mrs. Paul Magnuson, Jr., wife of the mission school's director and former pastor of the First Christian Church of Dominguez. Mrs. Magnuson said the subzero weather and snowdrifts prevented the schoolchildren from returning to their families for their customary holiday vacation period. "Without your help, it would have been a sad Christmas for them," she said. "We can't thank you enough for remembering." Communications with the families on the reservation was completely cut off until late last week, Mrs. Magnuson said. The new messages received since then indicate a desperate need for food and warm clolhing in the scattered Indian shelters. S E D O N ' A * AIRPORT manager Ed Malm confirmed the need for help among the Indians, normally fiercely independent and self-sufficient. "I flew over I he reservation Thursday and saw nothing but mirror signals from the hogans and caves where Ihcy live," he said. "They wouldn't he doing that if Ihey were able to help Ihcmselves in any way." Malm said the reservation population in the area numbered about 50,000 and "I guess about half of them are in serious trouble." Helping on the emergency flight from Long Beach were pilot O'Quinn's wife, Mary A l i c e ; their son, Mike, 12; Mrs. Hazel I.ock- ett, 1900 Conquista Avc.; Charles Murray, 15901 Oriole L a n e , Huntington Beach, and Lance Laird, representing the Indian Center of Los Angeles. O'Quinn said a portion of (he fuel cosls for the flight was underwritten by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Other efforts to aid the Indians on the blizzard- fa l o c k e d reservations include both military and civilian airlifts and round-the clock attempts to clear roads with snowplows. * * * * AT LEAST eight persons have died, including four babies and two elderly sheepherders, according to reports from Window Rock, the Indians' tribal capital community in northwestern Arizona. Army helicopters Friday rescued 13 persons in need of medical attention and snowmobiles saved more than a half-dozen others. Food for the Indians and hay for their livestock con- linued to be supplied to the 25,000-square-miIe stricken area by parachute and air drop from a fleet of 26 Air Force Reserve C119 cargo planes operating out of Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix. The 944th Tactical Airlift Group, which includes reservists from the Long Beach area, is participating in Ihe air drop operation. The daily cargo drop avtr- agcs more than 200 tons. WASHINGTON /P) -Americans are becoming more determined to see the Vietnam war through and favor a limited stepup, the Louis Harris Public Opinion Poll reports. Harris said his nationwide poll found that most Americans favor intensification of the war effort -but not to the extent of using atomic weapons or crossing the Chinese border. The consensus -- 58 to 24 per cent -- is that the way to achieve a negotiated peace is "to convince the Communists they will lose the war if they continue the fighting." The same issue last July found favor by only 45 to 42 per cent. In his copyrighted poll in Saturday's Washington Post, Harris found that Americans favor escalation rather than de-escalation. Last May, 59 per cent favored escalation. The results do not indicate that Americans see only a military solution to the war, however, Harris said. He noted that the public still favors by 41 to 39 per cent a settlement · through the United Nations or Geneva Commission. By 66 to 24 per cenl, those polled were against halting American bombing of North Vietnam to see if the Communists want to negotiate. The percentages were 53 to 29 in October and 4g to 37 in September. The c o n s e n s u s for a ground invasion of North Vietnam is 49 to 29, which is a slight increase over July. Solon Urges , Probe of GI Detention i WASHINGTON (/P) -- A Mexican-American Army private, unable to read or write English, has been held in the stockade at Ft. ! fielvoir, Va., for 90 days w i t h o u t having charges brought against him, Rep. fi. F. Sisk, D-Calif., charged Saturday. Sisk asked Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara to investigate what he called a "flagrant abuse" i of the soldier's constitutional rights. He also asked Rep. L. M e n d e l Rivers, D-S.C., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, to launch a probe of whether similar treatment is b e i n g given servicemen elsewhere. Sisk said the man, a resident of Pinedale, Calif., was arrested Sept. 22 in connection with an assault. An investigation to determine whether nnd how to bring the man io trail was completed only this week, Sisk said. Capote. T.OSPS Rare OM Hoo/c SAGAPONACK, N. Y. (UP1) Thieves broke into a summer home and collage owned hy author Truman Capote and made off with loot valued at $2,200, police reported Saturday. Capote said the loot included 10 bottles of 50-year old bourbon. NOON FOR GREEN STAMPS We Give SH Stamps SHOP SUNDAY

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  1. Independent Press-Telegram,
  2. 24 Dec 1967, Sun,
  3. Page 5

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