Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 29, 1972 · Page 7
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 7

Greeley, Colorado
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Saturday, April 29, 1972
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No Evidence of Conspiracy Found in Black Beret Deaths SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Investigation of the shooting deaths Jan. 29 of black Berets Antonio/Cordova and Rito Canales disclosed no evidence of a conspiracy 1 (o-kill the two men or to cover up actions of the police, Ally. Gen. David Novell's office said Friday. · Copies of the report were seril to Gov. Bruce King, Disl. Ally. Alexander Sceresse in Al- buquerque, and to state, county and local police officials. Police 'said Cordova and Canales were shot to death i.yhen they resisted officers at a con struction site dynamite shed south of Albuquerque. Officers said the two w«re surprised in the act . of taking dynamite from the shed and that officers fired at the men when one of them raised a weapon. Norvell's office said it was clear the police officers involved were .justified in using! deadly force against Cordova, I but "the shooting of Rilo Canales is more problematic'." | An important aspect of the. report was a warning from the atlorney general "that there truly is a crisis in confidence between a considerable segment of the community and law enforcement officials." "The crisis can only be resolved by insuring community respect for the police and police respect for the law," the report said. Idaho EDITORS NOTE: Conquered, and stripped of their lands, the; American Indians of (lie Inler- mounlain West have long lived in poverty and humiliation. Only in recent years have many of them begun to reas-j sert their identities. This is the! seventh oi a series in which newsmen explore developments in the newest struggles for self- determinations--here featuring the Coeur d'Alene tribe of northern Idaho. S-i'.. A p r i l 29, 1972 GHEELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE 7 Hopes in Land I Ey DOUG FLOYD Spolcano Daily Chronicle Written (or The Associated Press PLUMMER, Idaho (AP) Since 1907, almost exactly a cenlury after Mcriwctlicr Lewis and William Clark pressed (heir historic expedition into Idaho's rolling northern uplands, (he Coaur d'Alene Indians have been losing their most precious possession--tlieir land--to white society's ex- The Coeur d'Alenes, like their brothers throughout the Intcr- mounlaii) area, now hops to re-, verse that trend -- for it is in their land that the Coeur d'Alones have placed their hopos for self-sufficiency and tribal pride. The tribe has sunk a half-million dollars into a 2.000-aere fanning venture, and Tribal Chairman licrnard (Happy) U\Sarto, says it should be produc- '··· 'nconic for his people within three years. Land Fund In 1058, the tribe was paid more than $4.3 million for lands taken by the government over years of northwestward expansion. One million dollars of that settlement was set aside for land acquisition. The reservation, created in 1B73. once spanned the Idaho Panhandle, reaching from the Bitterroots on the Montana line Yierons stop for discounts th' purchase of any stereo advertised Sliop Weekdays 9:30 a.m. 'til 9:30 p.m. Shop Sundays I I a.m. 'Ill G p.m. Hillside Shopping Mall --2626 llth Avenue to eastern Washington and rawling northward to Pend reille Lake. Today it covers 345,000 acres id only 70,000 of that is Indian vned. The shrinking began in 1907; ien the tribe agreed to take. 1,000 from the state of Idaho" exchange for a portion of the' ulhern tip of Lake Coeur Alene for a public park. The land became part of hat is now lleyburn State ark. No Record But the Coeur d'Alenes sayj icre is no record of the $11,000" ver reaching Indian.hands. Spokesmen say the tribe will eek payment. Meanwhile, what money the xieur d'Aleues do have re- lains the best hope for devel- pment of Ihe people and Iheir inds. Henry Aripa, a council mem: er wlw also serves as tribe ac- ountanf, said 48 education- ranis totaling more than $20,00 have been given Indian slu- cnls snce 1968. Money for the tudenls comes from the inter- st on a $150,000 investment o f . 1358 claim money a n d . cholarships from the Bureau f Indian Affairs. "Kids aren't just stopping for' igh school anymore," Evange-,. ne Abraham, the tribe's secre-.-] nry-treasurer, said. "They! /ant an education and they'.-; pant to come back to the reser- 'ntion aiid help." Credit Program A credit program has also 1 een set up so tribesmen can. mild homes, buy land and im4 irove Iheir present dwellings," ihc said. U Twenty homes have been mill under a tribe housing au- hority created with a Depart- nent of Housing and Urban Do: ·clopment grant, and 10 more', ire planned. · . ·. Another federal grant pro-.- ·idod $25,000 In home improve-., ncnt funds for upgrading sul . "landard housing. The' U. S. l^w Enforcement-.Administration has given the · Coeur d'Alcnes ?29,335 to pay SO ' per cent of a full-time judge's : salary and provide a probation officer and a court clerk on the reservation. And even more money la available to the tribe. Application is pending .for federal funds, to conduct land and water surveys. Federal funding is also available for ·'hiring through UK Mainslioam program mid the Emergency Employment Acl. But Iribal leaders sn'y such funds are only temporary. They pnl more hope in the. farm program [o increase employment. Seven Hired Seven members of the tribe were hired to \vork part-time during planting last fall. Terrell Tovey, n RIA employe in Coeur d'Alene assigned In sii- [crvlsc Ihc reservation farm project, siiid four persons will be hired this summer and by next year.a livestock operation; is In bz added that should provide more jobs. "The main llting the farm enterprise will do is give (the (Joeiir d'Alencs) somcthng of their own and build pride," To- vcy siiid. The farm is operated as a separate entity and is paying off a loan from the Iribal council with six per cent interest, the same rale Ihc money would draw if it had stayed in Ihe fed- cm! treasury. Tovcy said it in also paying a "fair cash rental rale" for the land. This setup has put the Indians in a better position when Ilioy lease Iheir land (o non-Indian farmers in (he area, Mrs. Abraham said. "Fanners are beginning In meet the tribe's bargains. More compelilinn is very healthy," she said. Not nil of Ihc tribe is happy wilh tlie investment being' made wilh Ihe 1058 award. Some feel Ihe farming Investment is loo risky and say Ihc entire sum should have been paid out to individuals when il was awarded. Surprised Tovey said some residents thought Ihe farm was backed by federal money and arc surprised lo find out the money him belonged lo the Coeur d'Alcnes for U years. The only Hillside money is what comes from lltn HIA to pay his salary, Tovey said. SOCIAL SECURITT OllSlill! ili iliflfS U.S.DmKTMENTOf Q. I'm receiving monthly disability payments from social security. If I continue to get disability benefits for 5 or 6 years before I recover and return to work, would my retirement payments at 65 be less because I was disabled and un- ' able to work? ; A. No, your retirement bcne- . fils would not be reduced because you were disabled. The years while you were disabled \ will not be used in figuring your: retirement benefits later. ;

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