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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD - Friday, Januojy B, 1971 Plan to shut down Indian branch abandoned OTTAWA (CP) - There could be as few as 200 employees in the Indian affairs department by 1978, says one of its top-level officials. J. B. Bergevln, assistant deputy minister in charge of Indian affairs, said in an interview yesterday a government proposal to shut down the department within five years has been abandoned at the request of the Indians. "But I can see it will be a manageable objective that in seven to 10 years from now, there could be not much more than 200 or 300 persons spread across the country." The department now employs about 4,000 persons-400 here at head office. In the meantime the department is striving to place Indians in policy-making jobs. Right now, said Mr. Berge-vin, "the Indian participation at the policy level is minimal." But it was a clear objective to have Indians in policy-making positions. "I think we have about 50 trainees now in positions," he said. "In a year or two, they'll be strong competitors for the policy-making jobs." When Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien revealed his proposed new Indian policy in 1970, a key proposal was to close down the department within five years. This was tied in with another proposal that provinces would extend their services, such as education and welfare, to Indians. "After all, the Indian affairs department has been attacked by everybody," said Mr. Chretien in a Regina speech last October. Man 110 years old MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) -Theophilus May received a congratulatory telegram from President Nixon on his 110th birthday. "Who could complain if the government believed that the critics had meant what they said?" Indian leaders, including Harold Cardinal of Alberta, were among those objecting to closing the department, But talks continue with the provinces to have them extend services to Indians, apparently now with Indian participation. But the department will exist in skelton form at least for some time to come. Air strike insurance deal made WASHINGTON (AP) - Mohawk Airlines has received a helping hand in its battle against a rising tide of red ink, and a number of allies in its stand against striking members of the Air Line Pilots Association. Company President Russell Stephenson announced Wednesday that Mohawk and five other regional air lines have joined with 10 larger carriers in a pact designed to provide "strike insurance" to labor-troubled lines. The confederation strengthened Mohawk's position when negotiations with striking pilots resumed at the National Mediation Board Thursday. The talks had been in recess since Dec. 39. The pact means that Mohawk may receive as much as $60,000 a day, retroactive to Jan. 1, from companies whose planes are in the air. Mohawk's flight operations have been shut down since its 396 pilots left their jobs on Nov. 12, after a futile year of bargaining over a new contract. Trunk, or nationwide, carriers have had such an agreement for more than a decade. The regional carriers joining the pact with Mohawk include Air West, Frontier, North Central, Ozark and Piedmont. The trunk carrier member* are Braniff, American, Continental, Eastern, National, Northwest, Pan American, Trans World, United and Wwfc ern. SIMPSONS RECORD LONG PLAYING STEREO RECORDS TO PLEASE EVERY GENERATION Our Regular s4.75 Records Now Only Ea. This Week Only ;