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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Mondoy, December 13, 1971 I Maurice, Tragedy in Cambodia Former Cambodiiin licail of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, now a resident of Peking, lias been talking to the press. Jn the past, .Sihanouk's remarks have not always had a rela- tionship to the facts. Bui this time, when the Prince says that there is little left of the Cambodian army, he has probably come close to the un- palatable truth. Although the I'.S. h a s been pouring massive econo- mic and military assistance into Cambodia lor the past 18 months, and South Vietnamese have assisted what ground troops they were able to spare, the combination has not stopped the Communist drive. In recent weeks American air sup- port for South Vietnamese and Cam- bodian troops fighting near Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, has been accelerated, and diversionary tactics by South Vietnamese troops have been going on in eastern Cam- bodia. But the Communists from the North have scarcely been diverted. They have inflicted severe casual- lies." not only on army personnel but on lieeing civilians. It should be crystal clear by now that, (here can never be a military solution to the Vietnamese war. And yet. we hear little of further at- tempts to find a political diplomatic answer. Why'.' A 'status1 first The first case invoking women's rights, Indian rights and the appli- cability of the Canadian Bill of Rights is to go to the Supreme Court, ac- toriling to an announcement by Jus- tice .Minister John Turner recently. The test case centres around a 28- year old Ojibway woman Jeanette Lavell. who lost her status as a reg- istered Indian and band rights on her Manitoulin Island reserve when she married a white man. At that time the Indian Act said lhat any Indian woman marrying a non Indian automatically forfeits her Indian status. An Indian man however, marrying a non Indian voman retains full status and band rights, and his wife is registered as a member of his hand Mrs. Laveil did not accept this discriminatory law lightly. With no official support from any Indian as- sociation or her own band, and mak- ing good use of legal aid. she chal- lenged the act in the courts, claim- ing it contravened the Bill of Rights by discriminating against women. 'The Federal Court said she was quite right and shot down the sec- tion of the act that set the ground rules. This proved to be a major vic- tory for women's rights and provided the Bill of Rights with a rare in- stance of acquiring legal teeth in the courtroom. But the decision has thrown the In- dian associations, band councils and the Indian affairs department as well as its minister, Jean Chretien, into a pretty kettle of fish. At the meeting of Ihe association of Iroquois and Al- lied Indians, representing about 20.- 000 Indians of Ontario, Chretien stat- ed he would like to see the decision appealed. The association itself call- ed' for an appeal, and accordingly they are getting what they asked for. The reason behind the nervousness of the Indian leaders in their express- ed fear that allowing women to re- tain status when "marrying out'' will open the door to a massive invasion of whites onto reserve lands. They foresee a large scale migration onto reserves by white husbands, and the acquisition' of rights by whiter gen- erations would eventually destroy the Indian culture. With the Report on the Status of Women gaining more support from all citizens, it seems unlikely the Su- preme Court would reject the Fed- eral Court's decision on Mrs. Lavell's case. What the court might see is that integration of the Indian is in- evitable, even perhaps necessary. What it might do in the meantime is order amendments to those portions of the Indian act where women come out second best. As Mrs. Lavell said. "I'll always be an Indian person, no matter what the act says." Carol festival Twenty five years is a long time for an annual event to survive and thrive. Vet this is true of the Rotary Carol Festival which will mark its silver anniversary at Southminster United Church this evening with singing by ten choirs and the as- sembled public. Most undertakings of this kind have a short life expectancy. Entertain- ment tastes undergo change so that once popular events wither away and are replaced by something else. The singing of carols seems to be something that is lastingly popular but even this has suffered a fading away in some centres. A large part of the secret of suc- cess in the case of the Lethbridge festival is the driving enthusiasm of Mr. A. K. Rutland. For all the 25 years of the holding of the festival he has been the chief instigator and organizer. Appreciation to Mr. Putland and I hose who have co-operated with him can best be expressed by atten- dance at the festival. It is expected that a large turnout will greet the choirs and the organizer this eve- ning as usual. ART BUCHWALD A coach calls a president YTASIUNCTOX In spile of all he has lo do, President Nixon still takes lime nut of his busy day to telephone football coaches and offer them encouragement and advice. While (lie president docs this on the spur of the moment, it has never occurred to any football coach lo telephone Mr. Nixon and offer him words of inspiration and solace. 1 imagine if a roach did. the call would go something like this. "Ilelio, Mr. President, this is Coach Har- old Klkiivs of the Jolm V. Lindsay High School football learn, I just wanted to call you and tell you to keep your chin up and clon'L pet discouraged because you've lost a few lately." "Thank you. Coach ''The most important thing to rcmemiwr i.s that when you're on the five-yard line and you're fumbling, the other guy still has to recover ti'c ball." "I never thought, of that, Coach." ''Mr. President, my team has lost .'ill out of its last games, but 1 learned one. thing. Never give up. You have to say to 'I may be losing the battle for inflation or the economy; or the fight with labor or with or whatever you're losing at. the moment, 'but. I'm going In stick in there find give as good as I get, because a ''Those are inspiring words, Coach.'1 "A'.UV, I want to tell you something Mr. President, that you probably don't know me. I ahvays wanted to go into polities. Hul I wasn't light enough to make the team. I played .sonic samllol polities, j'.nd in my freshman year in college. I ran for a couple of offices, nnd so what 1 tell you now comes not from the heart, but from experience, "The game of polities is just like the game of football. You win some and you lose some, and you usually lose more than you win. But what counts is not when you're winning and the crowd is cheering, but when you're losing and you're still will- ing to play. You have the spirit, Mr. Presi- dent. You've lost a few, but you've never given up, and I admire that in a politi- cian. "Mr. President, I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that you're going to be in the playoffs in 1072. If Connally can pull off II, and Agnew doesn't get hurt, and the stock market goes up, and you can block George Mcany, and if you can score sonic points against flcorge Wallace, I believe you're going lo be very tuigh to "Coach, 1 have to ring off now. "I want to make one thing perfectly clear. Mr. President. You're going to goof between now and 71! everyone goofs in politics, as in football, but. the man wins is lite one who says, 'I've goofed, but I'm still in the ball "Coach, I've got Chou Kn-lni oa "Mr. Prcsdienl, you know urns football games'.1'1 "No, I don't." "It's team spirit, (icn Pershmg once said that a team with a great morale is nothing if you don't, have the .spirit to go uitli il." "lie said that'.1'' ''Right. Team spirit is contagious. If you, as president, say lo your team 'IxH's get them." it can infect everyone in your ad- ministration from vice president r.f the I nited Slates in Henry Kissinger's Ki- car-old son (Toronto Nun News Sonic r) Convention bolsters Conservatives' hopes In a ;i t week's Conservative convention, Ho her L Slanfield began with the ob.senalion (Itilegules were meeting at