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Navajo Times, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1971, Window Rock, Arizona maio bii F o w n e By N a v a o Volume 12 Number 44 Window Arizona lOc November Massife TenYear Program Planned By Chet Editor A massive ten year program of development with a projected cost to the government of as much as or billion was outlined by Chairman MacDonald to top and tribal this The top brass heard MacDonald PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON discusses Indian problems and solutions with Chairman Peter MacDonald at a meeting at the White Nixon has affirmed his belief in the development of Indian control of their affairs and id the role of the government to act as a service agency rather than a management agency in their dealings with Vice President Promises Support For Reservation Located Industry Chairman MacDonald met last weekend with VicePresident Spiro cabinet and a number of top executives of major industrial firms in The occasion was to bring together top Indian leaders with high level government and business executives to pave the way for industrial and business development for The meeting was very MacDonald told the The Vice President promised to deliver the services of the government in many areas to industry who will locate on Indian reservations to give the Indians the necessary faculties to build a selfsustainin The VicePresident and several cabinet officers of major depart ments committed government resources to this he MacDonald added that several of the business executives indicated high interest in the project and were much interested in con sidering Indian reservations for new plant The president of Fairchild Camera which has a plant at Shiprock commented that their experience had been most staisfactory and that the Shiprock plant is the most productive and profitable of any operation of their farflung industrial MacDonald commented that Secretary of Interior Rodgers Morton pledged to work vigorously to reclaim the water rights for the He will do this by establishing office in the the Water Department Rights of In Continued on Page 8 JOY JEAN a appointed Secondary of the apponted lay out the ground rules of the most ambitious program in history on the reservation to eliminate unemployment and bring to bear a massive attact on all the major economic and health problems facing the Describing the present estimated unemployment figure of 65 per cent as unacceptable MacDonald outlined a package which is to be put together utilizing the resources of all agencies to cover commercial and in dustrial oil and gas and other Projected estimates of the direct employment from the resulting construction and associated development of permanent jobs resulting from this was put at about new This figure does not include the thousands of steady jobs which will become available as a result of the stimulation for the development of r the private or MacDonald expressed the conviction that with the solving of the serious problems of roads and facilities needed and the ac companying flow of money onto the reservation that the jobs and opportunities created from the accompanying business development should make it possible for the Navajos to have a stable and selfsustaining The executives and specialists of the and tribal govern ment present were assigned the task of obtaining accurate and updated figures and plans in all these major These are due within two weeks to a coordinating task force who will assemble a program for proposed legislation by Congress after it has been reviewed and approved by the Naviijo Tribal Among the estimated figures mentioned was a price tag of about billion for a ten year road building program to bring the reservationup to standards of other comparable areas in its road network and open up many other opportunities for projected was the need to build houses a Four new high schools are needed and five other schools a year need to be Six new hospitals and clinics and three additions to present hospitals were also projected to bring up the health Utility water and form another phase of the acrosstheboard ten year program which will be Resource oil and gas and uranium constitute another phase of the Commercial and industrial development both from a direct imput of assitance funds for business development and the increased flow of money in the economy from large scale con struction projects would form another phase of the combined ten year MacDonald noted that the ten year program would not replace current efforts or short term programs but would be additional to Present funding for the Continued on Page 3 GERALD jjftsuss ass men sp by Ike Advisory Ganv of the Tribal Council as toe m Analyst in me Data Dimion of Support Services at Window A graduate of RfhohotfaHjghSenool he attended the IMversay of New straeUd State at Santa of New
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