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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, February 19, 1974 The key Noel Starblanket, 26-year-old chief of 120 Crees on the Star- blanket Reserve near Regina, (right) has exploited federal and provincial grants to virtuaiiy wipe out wel- fare on reserve and give his people indep- endence Chief Star- blanKet says money is the key to achieving Indian SENCOR herbicide Gets !Oijg weeds in potatoes SENCOR will also provide some coi'.roi of couchgrass and yellow nutsedgs c.ner herbicides let grass b oadlea! weeds througi 0" -Tien infestation is extra t--j., ca on SENCOR Apol'- Ha emerge (except on e- eci-skmned 3o; -s No -.3 >'3t- Skm 3Cc- r, Ciotrtmg V.'h-' need Good Stu'' !o-'3ugh vteed cond '10 order SENCOR W-o '-V I Powder from your Fall cum Fox'a Latrt's- Lad. NEXT EDITION OF "THE CHINOOK" Will appear in The Lethbridge Herald TUESDAY, MARCH 5ft Advertisers are reminded that the dead- line for advertisements is Wednesday, February 27 at p.m. The Lethbrtdge Herald By GARRY FAIRBAIRN Money talks REGINA (CP) Noel Starblanket, said to be Canada's youngest Indian chief, has learned to play by the white man's win. The 26-year-old chief of 120 Crees on the Starblanket Reserve has in just two years made a name for himself by exploiting the tangled network of federal and provincial grants to give his people jobs, independence and pride. When he became chief two years ago, he recalls, 99 per cent of the people on the reserve were on welfare. Now there are only four welfare recipients. He could move with equal ease through an informal reserve meeting or the corporate boardrooms of Bay Street. He is as conscious of public image, money and political power as any corporate executive. Although he knows the value of the purple-and-gold leather jackets members of bis band says money is the key to achieving Indian independence and winning respect from the white man. "Money talks and I'm going to make it talk for me because that's the only language he understands." Exploit grants To get that money, he ez- amines government programs as carefully as any businessman looking for a grant to expand his business. Chief Starblanket recalls ATTEND SOUTH ALBERTA'S BIG WINTER SHOW MARCH 5-6-7-8-9 LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION COMPLEX 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Daily Seed Competition Display Nutrition Displays Livestock Display Short Courses Machinery Show Displays from all Types of Business and Government Departments Indoor Auction Sale March 9, 12 Noon NO ADMISSION CHARGE that his great-grandfather signed a treaty which "said that the Great White Mother (Queen Victoria) will teach her red children the wit and cunning of the white man." "I've learned that wit and he says with a grin. "This is a capitalist society we're living in and Indian people are the greatest con-formists in the world." Instead of living on the reserve, 70 miles to the northeast, he has a Regina house and works on a government financed project researching Indian treaty rights while his brothers handle day-to-day reserve business. That arrangement draws some criticism from older Indians, he says, but it enables him to lobby more effectively for to have decent housing. There still is a shortage of good houses on the reserve and neither he nor his band manager has a house there. Independence By coupling grants from different government pro- grams, he was able to get virtually every person on the reserve a job renovating reserve bouses. Now, with more govern- ment grants, he is preparing to give the reserve economic independence in the form of a general store, a cow- Continued Page 11 YOU ARE LOOKING AT VACUUM CLEANERS THE HEW HOOVER DIAUA-MATIC This new Hoover Dial-A- Matic will do the work of two cleaners (1) It's an upright that's 30% more efficient. (2) With attach- ments, it's a canister with 250% more power. Set tMNm Otri ufey! -leu you dul the ctoningiction tucnon power you for every cloning job. ONLY 139 95 shifts to "Low" Pile. Nor- mal" or "Shag" for maxi mum cleaning efficiency on any carpel. Send tells when Uijt tti'ow teg it fun Available now it. P< mm 4714 S3rd 8L Tabor, Alto. PhWM 223-4344 four Home Town Centra Furniture ;