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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 29, 1975
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5K --June 29,1975* Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia Indians Hold Land In N. Y., Refuse Fund Drive Offers BIG MOOSE, N.Y. dti -- A spokesman for a group of Indians occupying state land at nearby Eagle Bay said Saturday the Indians would not move from the land despite an offer from a group of area property owners to start a fund-raising drive to help them buy land elsewhere in the state. "The thing is we have a legal and rightful reason to be here." said the spokesman. Karonquankah, in a telephone interview. "We have a treaty that states that we have ownership of the land. And the treaties aren't the things that actually gave us the land. We've been living on it for thousands and thousands of years. All the treaties did was .guarantee us that these lands would be ours forever and ever." He said the Indians would never agree to buy any lands in the state since they own, he claims, some 9 million acres from the Mohawk Valley to the Canadian border and into Vermont. The offer to relocate the Indians was made Friday by Mike Blair, a spokesman for Concerned Persons of the Central Adirondacks. "For some time now Concerned Persons of the Central Adirondacks (COPCA) has been trying to find a nonviolent end to the occupation of the 612-acre former girls' campsite, now a part of the Forest Reserve," Blair said. "We have located a 1,365-acre site plot of land in a remote section of Tug Hill, and the land is privately owned and currently for sale for $135,000," he said. "Today, we are calling upon all groups supporting the Indians, and opposing them as well, to join with COPCA in obtaining this land for a traditional Native American territory, to live on in any manner they desire, as long as it is peaceful." Tug Hill is in the western Adirondacks. The Indians, mostly Mohawks, have been occupying the land for more than a year, claiming it under terms of an 18th century treaty. The state purchased the land several years ago from the owner of the private girls camp. Members of COPCA fear a drop in summer tourist business this year due to the Indians' presence and some fear possible violence. Last fall, two whites were wounded as they passed the encampment the same day in separate autos. The Indians said they were returning gunfire from the autos. No arrests were made. The state filed suit to evict the Indians months ago but the suit was recently thrown out by a federal court judge. The state has since appealed that decision. "We are extending our hand in peace and conciliation to end this crisis, and we hope that the Indians and those who support them grasp our hand in the peaceful spirit in which it is extended," Blair said.. ".. .if the Indians don't find the land to their liking, I am sure that together we can locate another parcel somewhere in the state." Integration Softening Seen in 'White Flight' Photographic Preparing one of her travel photographs for the ttart of an exhiition which opened in We»t Berlin Saturday it actress Gina Lollabridgida, who also is in town for the silver anniversary of West Berlin's International Film Festival, which started Friday. (AP Wirephoto) Massive Raid on Drug Charges Nets 50 Arrests At least 50 persons, most of them from the Nitro-St. ; Albans area, were arrested Saturday in a massive raid stemming from drug charges returned in unannounced indictments released Friday by a Kanawha County Circuit Court grand jury. A total of 67 persons were named in the indictments, several with multiple charges, for either possessing or delivering drugs in violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act. More than 40 lawmen from various state police detachments, sheriff's detachments and police departments in Nitro and St. Albans participated in the raid, which began about 5 a.m. · . Police reported no major incidents during the raid. A small quantity of unidentified drugs was seized, resulting in additional charges to two Nitro men, Daniel Pritt, 22, and Joseph Stowers, also 22. Of those arrested, 38 adults were lodged in Kanawha County jail. Bond was not expected to be set until hearings on Monday. Seven juveniles were placed in the Dunbar Child Center and the remaining five were in the process of being lodged in either the jail or the shelter. Trooper Frank Stemple, who coordinated the raid, said the arrests followed an extensive investigation by state police narcotics officers and added that most of the charges were for the sale of drugs. The remaining 17 persons named in indictments could not be located when officers appeared at their homes. Nearly all those arrested were apprehended in their residences, police said. ADULTS ARRESTED were: Kenneth Michael.Taylor, 20, of Virginia Avenue, St. Albans; Edward Paul Wooten, 18, of Scott Drive, St. Albans; Steven A ndrew Rucker, 19, of 33rd Street, Nitro; Steven Osborne, 23, of Monroe Avenue, St. Albans; Steve Meadows, 29, of Virginia Avenue, St. Albans. James Michael Adkins, 23, of Kanawha Avenue, Nitro; Gerald Ray Bailey, 20, of Charleston Rt. 4; Steven Kent Brick, 19, of Big Tyler Road, Charleston; James 0. Buckalew Jr., 19, of llth Street, Nitro; John D. Burgess, 22, of Broadway Avenue, Nitro; Michael Cain, 26, of Dutch Hollow Road, Dunbar. Jeffery W. Cavender of Main Street, Nitro; Ricci Childress, 19, of 39th Street, Nitro; Terry Cooper, 19, of Dover Drive, Charleston; Robert Cunningham, 24, of llth Street, Nitro; David Davis, 21, of 29th Street Nitro; Samuel J. Dunn, 20, of 40th Street, Nitro. Roger Good, 19, of Hambrick Road, Nitro; Walter Goodnight, 22, of 37th Street, Nitro; David Gump, 18, of Crystal Drive, Cross Lanes; Charles Harlow, 22, of Armor Road, Nitro; Terry Jividen, 25, of 19th Street Nitro; Timothy J. Kirby, 18, of Beechcrest Avenue, Cross Lanes; Vernon Lemon, 23, of Big Tyler Road, Nitro. Kermit Lovejoy, 23, of 52nd Street, Nitro; Gregory Mattox, 18, of Sattes Circle, Nitro; Nathan McNeely, 18, of Cleveland Avenue, Nitro; Glen Minney, 19, of Ruffner Avenue, Charleston; Gary Oliver, 18, of Oakland Drive, Nitro; Randy Parsons, 20, of Pioneer Drive., Cross Lanes; Charles Reubin, 29, of Dunbar. Paul Shockey, 23, of Crystal Drive, Cross Lanes; Randall Skeens, 20, of Woodward Drive, Cross Lanes; Stewart Smith, 22, of Nitro; David Stover, 20, of Middle Drive, St. Albans; Donald Thomas, 19, of Big Tyler Road, Charleston; David Tho- maselli, 18, of Custer Street, St. Albans. John Withrow, 19, of Valley Drive, Nitro; George Woodson, 20, of Charleston Rt. 4; Elmer Young, 19, of Main Avenue, Nitro. (C) ?iew York Times Service ATLANTA - Faced with the fact that the flight of whites is resegregating many previously desegregated schools, some Southern "judges and civil rights lawyers appear to be softening their insistence upon total integration. In a number of key instances in the past several years -- and in the past several weeks, in particular -- these jurists and attorneys have dropped or modified demands for massive busing and have permitted school administrations to operate neighborhood schools. Their actions seem to be part of a trend that may not be limited to the South. Last month, a Los Angeles judge permitted the suburb of Inglewood to scrap its busing plan because of so-called "white flight." If the trend continues, it almost certainly will play a major role in the debate now swirling around James S. Coleman, the prominent desegregation specialist who has begun arguing that court-ordered busing is counterproductive because it results in resegregation. Some of his old allies in the long integration struggle think he is retreating. The latest such decision involving a Southern school system was handed down only Friday by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. It refused to review a federal district judge's decision to let Montgomery, Ala., run such educational facilities, some of them more than 90 per cent black. * * * THE DISTRICT judge, Frank Johnson, is considered one of the most liberal jurists in the South. But he is said to have feared that a massive busing plan would have led to a massive exodus of Montgomery whites to private schools or, perhaps, to other school districts. Two months ago, in Jackson, Miss., the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, one of the earliest and stanchest proponents of school integration, agreed to a desegregation plan that allows neighborhood elementary schools. Almost half the white students in the Jackson education system fled to private schools when the Legal Defense Fund pushed an extensive busing plan through the courts four years ago. Before the busing began, the Jackson system was about 60 per cent white. Now it is almost 70 per cent black. Publicly, the pro-desegregation forces say they agreed to the neighborhood plan because it still provides for considerable integration, particularly in school faculties. But privately, one plaintiff said: "Okay, it lets white kids go to schools closet to their homes and some black schools will become even more black, almost all black. But we had to do something to try to head off more flight. It was a tough decision. I don't like to talk about it." * * * THERE IS NO guarantee that the flight will stop. It has not stopped here in Atlanta, and Atlanta was the first Southern school system to revert to a neighborhood concept in an effort to keep whites within the city. What now appears to be a trend, started here two years ago when civil rights lawyers scrapped their plans for crosstown busing of blacks and whites and agreed, instead, to permit neighborhood schools in ANOTHER U FOR CHARLESTON OPENING SOON! A NEW FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS BRANCH OFFICE WITH DRIVE IN FACILITIES AND PARKING IN REAR 4315 MacCorkleAve., Kanawha City ESLE AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF CHARLESTON ^TELEPHONE 343-5H6 JJ I 231 HALE ST. CHARLESTON, W. VA. return for total desegregation of faculties and administration. That agreement was reached after the Atlanta system had switched, hi less than two decades, from 65 per cent white and 35 per cent Mark to 65 per cent black and 35 per cent white. Today, the system is 86 per cent black, and by next fall that figure is expected to rise to 90 per cent or more. By contrast, the city's over-all population is only 55 per cent black. Of the 20,000 white students stiil living within Atlanta's city limits. 10,000 go to private schools. There is, however, at least one case in which reversion from busing to a neighborhood school concept, has slowed white flight. It occurred recently in Charlotte, N. C., where a federal judge agreed to a slight modification of an extensive busing order. The order, handed down in 1969, had been a key factor in the rapid growth of private schools and white flight to other school districts. Specifically, the white parents in one neighborhood, Hidden Valley, began moving out when buses started hauling their children across town to a school in a black neighborhood. Blacks then began moving into Hidden Valley. The white flight increased. The migration thoroughly upset white- black ratios in a number of classrooms. Soon, the judge. James McMillan, was reaching out in several directions to find black and white children to restore the balance. * * * AT THAT POINT, parents and school officials suggested that the children of Hidden Valley be permitted Jo go to the nearest elementary school. The judge agreed, reluctantly. And now the neighborhood has stabilized at about 80 per cent black. No one knows whether McMillan will now modify the rest of his plan. But significantly, the plaintiffs have expressed minimal dissatisfaction with the Hidden Valley solution. Because the South has been forced to desegregate its schools more than the North, resegregation poses its greatest danger there. Only about half of the South's blacks are still in predominantly black schools. But two-thirds of all Northern blacks remain in predominantly black schools. Resegregation in the rural South is less prevalent than resegregation in the urban South, mainly because there are no black- white housing patterns in the rural areas and because rural whites are too poor to be able to afford private schools. Swamp Fever Cases Found Three cases of horses carrying swamp fever have been found in Calhoun and Cabell counties, State Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass announced. "It becomes evident that it is extremely important that horse owners not congregate horses other than those which have a valid Coggins certificate," said Douglass. "Horses participating in trail rides should also have a negative Coggins test." Douglass concluded that all horses without a negative test should be regarded as possible carriers of swamp fever. Gunman Is Killed In Italy Shootout MILAN, Italy (AP)-Gunmen robbed an armored car of $650,000 Saturday, but police killed one of the robbers and wounded four others as they fled, officials said. 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