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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 2, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Indians fear violence at Kenora By JOHN WARD Canadian Press Staff Writer While 150 armed Indians continued to occupy Anicinabe Park in Kenora, Ont., Thursday, their counterparts across the country reacted with support, explanations and concern. Inevitably, there were comparisons with the incident at Wounded Knee, S.D., last year, when militant Indians oc- cupied that small village for 37 days, besieged by federal of- ficers. Two Indians died during the occupation and two federal officers were wounded. The Kenora occupation has been peaceful and no shots have been fired, but some Indian leaders expressed concern over the possibility of violence. Harold Cardinal, president of the Indian Association of Al- berta and long a proponent of Indian rights, said he hopes the situation does not deteriorate. Mr. Cardinal said he cannot agree with the approach adopted in Kenora, but added he is hesitant to point a finger at those who have chosen that course. Avoids verdict Peter Dubois of the Saskatchewan Indian Association said he does not want to be put on the spot with a declaration of right or wrong in the issue. However, he added a personal opinion: "I don't think it's really worth the lives of people." Other spokesmen were more concerned about the possible influence of outside agitators. Some wondered whether the militant American Indian Movement group that staged the Wounded Knee not be deeply involved in the Kenora situation. Omer Peters, vice-president of the National Indian Broth- erhood, said outside agitators are a real concern. Leighton Hopkins, president of the Association of IroquOis and Allied Indian Federations, was somewhat vague about outsiders. He said he had talked with a member of AIM before the oc- cupations. "We always know ahead of time what's going to he said. Asked if he knew about the planned occupation, he was cir- cumspect: "Well, we didn't try to stop it." Harvey Major, a Canadian-born Indian who now lives in the United States, is in charge of the Indian security forces in Anicinabe Park and an adviser to the Ojibwa Warriors Society. He also is a member of AIM. Mr. Majors has been involved in militant action before, in- cluding Wounded Knee and an attempt to occupy a U.S. Bu- reau of Indian Affairs office last January. Support for the Kenora action was forthcoming from a number of Indian leaders. Philip Paul, director of land claims research for the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said he has few details of the situation, but added that if the Indians there have tried other ways and turned to militant action as a last resort, they have his wholehearted support. He said, similar incidents might occur in British Colum bia, where Indians are becoming frustrated because of the lack of government response to their 'and claims. Indians are tired of writing briefs and trying to win their rights by persuasion. Richard White, assistant chief of the Caughnawaga Indian reserve near Cornwall, Ont., which itself has seen violent in- cidents in the past, said the occupation of the park is the Only way Indians can get the government to talk to them. Had no alternative The Indians had their back to the wall and had no alter native but to occupy the park. Elwood Greene, a member of the Warriors Association 0 the Iroquois Confederacy, said he does not condone violence but understands the pressures that prompted the occupation. "Indian people do have a way of finally getting people t listen otherwise they're just shifted from one departmen to another." Chief Josie Logan of the Confederacy said the Indian should get back the things that have been taken away from them. "Who isn't going to take up violence when they are mis Roy Gould, secretary of the Union of Nova Scotia Indian: said the group has taken no position on the Kenora issue an was out of touch with the situation in any case. The Grand Council of Treaty No. 9, a loose association o Ontario Indian groups covered under the treaty, issued a Ion statement on Kenora. The council cited apathy and lack of government co-ordina tion as prime causes of the Indian backlash. It called for a concerted effort by Indians and governmen to restore Indian confidence. The council also asked that amnesty be granted the Kenora militants. On the problem of amnesty, Indian leaders in Kenora hav asked that all charges against their group be dropped. Holiday Special PEPSI DIET PEPSI Family Size In Handy Six Pack Carriers fi Ufor I At All Participating Dealers! "Join the Pepsi People Feeling Free" Secret groups plot gov't overthrow LONDON (CP) Alarming reports are beginning to filter out about plans by scattered clandestine groups to overthrow the elected govern- ment if Britain's mounting economic problems worsen in the months ahead. Because of the secrecy with which most of these organ- izations surround themselves, it is impossible to determine their precise nature or the ex- act size of their fallowings. But initial investigations, particularly a well- documented report in The Daily Mail, suggest that the groups are united in their belief that a new government of "inspiring leaders" may have to be placed in power military if last winter's in- dustrial strife is repeated this year. Files suit Kahn-Tineta Horn, a former Indian activist and model, is fighting for cus- tody of her three child- ren with the man she said she was to have mar- ried. In her suit filed in Ottawa May 27, Miss Horn, a Mohawk from the Caughnawaga Re- serve near Montreal, says Dr. George Miller, an Indian from the Six Na- tions Reserve near Brant- ford, is the father of her children and should con- tribute to their support. Jobless PhDs seek work OTTAWA (CP) A group calling itself the Canadian Pool of and Mathematics, wants the government to hire all un- employed and under- employed PhDs. The group also proposed Thursday that the department of immigration cease to grant landed immigrant status or working permits to holders of PhDs from outside Canada. This procedure would con- tinue until Canadian PhDs ob- tained permanent employment. Dr. B. B. P. Sinha, of Guelph, Ont., the group's co- director, said the majority of the 83 people listed in the Pool's partial list of PhDs were either naturalized Canadians or landed im- migrants. Dr. Sinha said a maximum of PhDs would be involv- ed in the new program. 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