The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California on December 10, 1965 · Page 40
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The Fresno Bee from Fresno, California · Page 40

Fresno, California
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Friday, December 10, 1965
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8-C THE FRESNO BEE Friday, December 10, 1965 Poverty Fighters Elect Mrs. Hood Mrs. Irma Hood of 2577 S. llth St., Calwa, has been elected representative to the Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission from Poverty Area No. 3 (Calwa-Malaga). Mrs. Louis Arriaga of 3G51 Ward St., Malaga, was elected as the alternate representative from the area. Indians Question Right Of United States To Sell Strathmore Rancheria * ^^ . . . . « · 11 .'. T . . _ ! - _ . . * _ i . . .1 ! i _ i . : i i ! _ i:.. _n »i -ff^. 11 :... _.*-!_,, -- T«*l! -IM » ftln4 r»« flirt «ir»»-n_ VollOV I Central California Indians are wondering whether the Federal Government has the right to 33!! unoccupied Indian lands upon which a member of the Mono Tribe has an application pending to make it his own. 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Nights 'til 9 Ph. 266-9644 - Parking in Rear 000QQQ0QQ00 TV! 1 0 County Demos MeetTo Solidify Ranks Three or four score of the county's l e a d i n g Democratic party workers have-been invited to a luncheon tomorrow in Pardini's restaurant in an effort to hash out interparty problems and present a united front in the 1966 elections. Considering that Democrats have an edge in registration of more than 2 to 1 over Republicans--and the county's congressman, slate senator and two assemblymen are Democrats -it would seem the Democrats should have no cause for, alarm. Especially since the state and n a t i o n a l administrations a r e firmly in the hands of Democrats. However, the lengthy battle between Democrats who support the California Democratic Council and those who do not--which is basically a battle between.po- litical liberals and conservatives--took a turn this year which brought more man-on-the- street Democrats into the fray. Tomorrow's meeting was set up by John H. Krebs, chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee, as an off-the-record session. However, Krebs said today the news'me- dia will be welcome to cover the meeting. Committee members, Rep. B. F. Sisk, State Sen. Hugh M. Burns and Assemblymen George N. Zenovich and Charles B. Garrigus are scheduled to attend, along with other leading party workers. Among the items scheduled for discussion are the registration of voters and raising campaign funds. House Burglar Gets Coat, $65 A thief who entered the house while the occupants were raking leaves in the front yard stole ja coat, a $25 watch and a wallet containing $65 from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mayfield of 3455 E. Liberty Ave. yesterday afternoon. The police reported the thief entered and left the house by the back door. They said Mrs. Mayfield saw him leaving and called to her husband, who made an unsuccessful attempt to catch him. been leased to They particu ton G. Kell us Indians in on it." Kelley, 'a : house, says a named Albert ville h e a r d sale and imrr application with 8-acre parcel of or the tribesmen ent near Strath- e County many which .since has a nonlndiah. larly are inter- ncle Sam adver- l for sale to the without, as Clay- puts it, "letting n it." ono from Toll- fellow tribesman :harlie of Porter- f the impending jdiately filed an h the f e d e r a l in Affairs claim- ing his rights, as an Indian, tojquire it still is pending?" Kelley the unoccupied land. "This first application was| asks. .At the public bid opening in denied, with the statement .that|Sacramento this week, which Charlie could appeal to Wash-lKelley and Charlie attended, all ington," Kelley says. "The law is clear: Indians have the right to settle on unoccupied lands if they themselves are landless." The appeal was sent several weeks ago to Leonard Hill, the bureau's area director who, Kelley says, acknowledged it. Nothing more has been heard except that the appeal is under consideration. "What right has the bureau, then, to offer to the highest bidder this particular acreage at a time when an appeal to ac- seven bids were held unacceptable. The lowest was a reported $100, and the highest $23,200: Bureau officials say all were below the appraised value, which was not disclosed. Hence, no sale. Never Utilized Kelley and Charlie contend the 38 acres in question were purchased in 1923 as an administrative center for an Indian Rancheria near Strathmore, but never was utilized for that purpose. They also understand that other Indians filed on the acreage, too, after the sale was announced. "We wrote a letter to the Department of the Interior asking Tor an accounting 'of funds received from leases since then, and got a real brush-off," Kelley says. "We got a letter back saying this information 'is not readily available', and adding that the Strathmore acreage lease realized $1,000 in 1965," Kelley says. No Indian has, in fact, ever occupied any of the acreage. 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