Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Indians feel rejection here except in beer parlors Beer parlors are the only place where native people are fully accepted, an alcohol- education counsellor fcr Native Counselling Services in Lethbridge said recently. "The only place that accepts Indian people readily is beer parlors. It's the only place you feel accepted." Rose Yellow Feet said in a Herald interview. When an Indian comes into Lethbridge, she said, he goes to the beer parlor because he knows that's where his friends will be. And when the bars close, In- dian people end up sleeping in the park because they have difficulty renting hotel or motel rooms. "When I first came to Miss Yellow Feet said, "all the hotels and motels were full "when she asked for a room. In desperation she went to the police station in the hope she could stay there. They arranged, she said, for her to rent a room in one of the hotels which she had been told was full. Miss Yellow Feet has been involved in alcohol counselling for about nine years, almost from the time she stopped drinking. She said native people find it harder to accept their alcoholism than whites because they constantly hear stories about "drunk In- dians." "Native people are proud she said, "and they don't want to admit any connection as a drunk." When she first sought help for her drinking I was really made to feel inferior people laughed at me." Because she is an alcoholic although a sober one Miss Yellow Feet feels she is better able to help others with their drinking problems. "I know how I've been helped so 1 use that to help she said. In addition to holding seminars on alcohol and drug abuse, she does individual counselling. In the initial stages of counselling, she says she prefers home visits to office visits. "When I first started didn't want tb go to an office. There's no privacy in an of- fice." The seminars, which she holds throughout the district, utilize people from the court system, the RCMP, and various social agencies, including the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission. The seminars discuss the nature of alcoholism, what resources are available in treatment, and treatment methods. Native Counselling Services started in Edmonton in 1964 when Chester Cunningham, the director of the Edmonton Friendship found out native people really needed to have court workers." Some native people. Miss Yellow Feet said, "didn't know anything about criminal charges and their legal rights so they would plead guilty." The demands of running a court worker service were soon heavy enough to lead Mr. Cunningham from the friendship centre to running a full-time agency. He found out later. Miss Yellow Feet said, that most legal problems arose because of alcohol and after some prompting from the Indian and Metis associations and the alcohol and drug abuse com- mission, the court worker ser- vice expanded into alcohol education counselling. And Native Counselling Services was born. The agency is now looking for a court worker for the Lethbridge office and Miss Yellow Feet is hopeful one will be appointed by the end of the month. Native Counselling is funded by both the federal and the Alberta governments. The LctKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 11, 1973 Pages 1J3-24 U ait for press time R. S. Malone, from Winnipeg, president Of P.P. Publica- Harold Long, and Howard Webster, from Montreal, chairman of the tions, Marie Long, of-Lethbridge, widow of former Herald publisher board fo P.P. Publications. Herald jumps into computer world The Lethbridge Herald Mon- day abandoned tons of hot lead and antiquated apparatus and jumped into the world of com- puters. Some readers throughout Southern Alberta were surveying the result by late afternoon and evening. The first edition printed and composed with the paper's new offset process rolled off the new shiny Goss presses at about 2 p.m. at noon, public of- ficials and special guests watched as a few papers trickled off the press before final adjustments allowed a full press to run. Then they retired to a luncheon held to celebrate thed day. Clarence Copithorne, Alberta minister of highways and transportation, and Marie Long, widow of former Herald publisher Harold Long, com- bined to press the buttons that started the press roll- ing at the noon ceremony. At the noon luncheon. R. S. Malone. president of F. P. Publications to which The Herald belongs, assured the 60 invited guests that the new presses will not change the at- titude of the paper but will only improve the visual presentation of its contents. Mr. Malone said The Herald has the means to expand its news presentation, to provoke thought and stir up the local community as always without any controls from the central offices of FP Publications. Mr. Copithorne called the opening of the new presses "a milestone in Southern Alberta and in Lethbridge." He said The Herald can take pride in its role of keeping Albertans informed of what is happening in their country. Mr. (Copithorne. introduced as a "yep" and "nope" farm boy. told the crowd that the first issues of The Herald to be printed on the now presses at pressure of his hand "proves ..hen you get a new- spaperman's wife and a cow- boy together, they sure can get. things rolling." C1 eo Mowers. Hera 1 d publisher, pointed to the million expansion prograrr undertaken by the paper, and said a free press can't be cap- live, it can't be beholden to anyone or anything. It has to stand on its own feet financially, he claimed, pledging that The Herald would try to keep the public i n I o r m e d a n d t o do it profitably. Explaining the recent purchase of the Montreal Star by the FP Publications chain. Mr. Mowers said group ownership of newspapers is "a regretable and inevitable" trend. He said it is regretable because the personal touch and a bit of nostalgia is lost when a paper becomes a member of a larger chain. And the trend is inevitable because of big business, big unions, big taxes and the cor- porate tax structure. He added that membership in a newspaper chain assures stability for a paper and in the case of The Herald, local iden- tity and community loyality. "My instructions 13 years ago when I came to Lethbridge from The Albertan in Calgary were to keep The Lethbridge Herald as much of a community paper as I could." said Mr. Mowers. "This we have tried to do." He said during his time he has tried to follow the tradi- tion of Senator W. A. Buchanan and Harold Long, to serve the south without fear or favor, enlightening the public through the printed word. Mr. Mowers said The Herald doesn't strive to be popular, "that isn't its func- tion. "The function of any paper, individually or group owned. is to enlighten people. We are responsible to nobody or nothing. We rely on diligent reporting of the news. We are a service to the news and nothing else." Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes said the Lethbridge Herald has been Southern Alberta for many years. Through constructive reporting of news in Southern Alberta, he hoped The Herald would boom with Lethbridge, he said The new presses mean different things to different people T. Earl Morris, who started in the newspaper business in 1905 when the Lethbridge paper was a weekly, claims the new printing system is like daylight and dark when com- paring the printing system. He remembers the days when the lead was formed into plates of flat reversed letters, taken across the street in a cart and put on a press to be printed and folded. He just shook his head in wonderment at the speed, efficiency and precision in the new system. Mr. Morris, who retired as composing room foreman of The Herald after 54 years of service, claimed the new photo-composition printing process "still won't take the printer's ink out of a man's system." Stan Hargreaves. retired stereo foreman who for years formed the metal cylinders to fit on the old presses, said the new printing system will give The Herald greater quality and speed. The change will be even greater when The Herald changed to the "stovepipe" presses about 1925, he said. Also on hand for the official opening was Howard Webster, of Montreal, chairman of the board of FP Publications and The Lethbridge Herald. Utilities board: dairymen needed price increase The five-cent per quart increase in milk prices scheduled to Saturday will find its way directly into the hands of needy provincial dairy farmers, says the public utilities board. The board announced Satur- day the price hike will increase the price of a quart of homogenized milk to 38 cents from 33 cents. The reason for the increase is to "provide adequate com- pensation to dairy farmers and to encourage them to con- tinue producing fluid milk at sufficient levels for public consumption." according to the utilities board. Al Wiggins, manager of the Lethbridge Silverwood Dairies plant, told The Herald Monday the price hike in milk to per hundredweight from will go directly to farmers. The dairies were not named in the price hike for Saturday. Mr. Wiggins said another one to two cents per quart increase in milk prices is "still under consideration" by the utilities board to help the dairies out of a financially dif- ficult situation. Some confusion still sur- rounds the proposed federal government subsidy announc- ed Sept. 4 by Prime Minister Trudeau. said Mr. Wiggins. If the federal government lives up to the five-cent subsidy it proposed Sept. 4. the price of milk would then decrease five cents a quart to the consumer, he predicted. Mr. Wiggins said the price of milk in Alberta will still be one of the lowest in Canada after the newest price hike. He said milk in stores in Cranbrook. B.C., last Satur- day was 46 cents a quart, 13 cents more than the prevail- ing Alberta price. Dick Boulton. producer representative for Silverwoods, said Monday the price hike will all be used right away in extra hay and grain costs facing dairy producers in the province. He said grain prices which reached highs of to per ton last year cost per ton in 1973. Hay prices ranged up to to per ton this year after peaking at about per ton in 1972. Finance class Common financial problems encountered by businesses will be discussed in a financial management for small businesses non-credit course at the University of Alberta, beginning Oct. 15. The course will be offered in six Monday evening sessions for a fee of Mr. Boulton can't see the price of hay and feed grains dropping in the next few months. He claims under the new feed grains policy an- nounced last month by the federal government, feed grains will continue to be pric- ed high. And the hay prices will be kept at higher levels with the grain prices, he said. Mr. Boulton said the milk price increases haven't chang- ed the minds of some producers who are getting out of the milk business because' of poor returns for their ef- forts. Council agrees flying buses must go One of the residents petitioning city council for im- mediate improvement of a block and a half of Lakemount Boulevard gave aldermen four good reasons Monday night to approve the request. Robert Howell laid four fist- sized stones from the road on the council table and told aldermen that one of the rocks, thrown from the wheels of a passing heavy vehicle missed his head by two feet. "It put a dent in my garage after travelling 30 feet and I'm upset." said Mr. Howell. who lives at 1203 Huron Place. He said residents along the road have to spend a couple of hours picking up stones before they can mow their lawns. "I don know whether to call it a Shakespearian tragedy or what when the city comes ;ilong after residents have been calling about it for two years and sprays these goose eggs with oil and expects that to keep dust he added. Council, as it turned Out. needed little convincing. Aid. Vera Ferguson sais she just about lost her small car in one of the holes on the road. Aid. Bill Kergan said the road was in deplorable condi- tion and submitted a motion that it be paved immediately. City engineering director Randy Holfeld told council, however, that funds weren't available in the subdivision account to do the paving this year. He said the road wasn't completed because the sub- division wasn't finished and Alberta Government telephones still had to put in an underground line. It was to be included in next year's paving program, he said. Council agreed unanimously to have the road graded im- mediately and improved with a surface of smaller-sized gravel. The motion also calls for the rerouting of city buses from the street. The residents had complain- ed in their petition that the buses hit the pavements end with a thud that shakes their houses. More council page 14. Man jailed lor trafficking A 22-year-old Lethbridge man was sentenced in provin- cial court Monday to two years in prison after being found guilty of trafficking cocaine. Howard Edward Reid. 614 7th Ave. S., was arrested April 18 in. a Lethbridge bar by RCMP plainclothesmen. Police said he had five packets of cocaine in his possession at the time. Reid purchased about worth of cocaine in Vancouver and brought it back to Alber- ta, according to testimony given ;it the trial, disposing of it in Lothbridgeand Red Deer. Map class set Instruction in the proper use of instruments and maps and other necessary information needed to conduct a successful field trip will be offered to teachers this fall at the University of Lethbridge. The three workshops will combine classroom lectures with actual field trips with transportation and equipment for the trips provided by the U of L. The first day-long workshop will be held Saturday. Married to white man Peigans may expel woman Onto the press Herald pressman Dave Wilson, left, and Richard plate has two newspaper pages, this one pages 13 Crowe fit a plate onto the new Goss offset press prior and 24. to Monday's publication with the new process. Each At least one Indian woman living on the Peigan Reserve may be forced to leave as a result of the recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that Indian women who marry non- Indians lose treaty status. Henry Potts, band manager of the Peigan reserve at Brocket, said Monday there is one Indian woman married to a white living on the reserve and "she will probably be ask- ed to leave." The band council will have to make the decision and he said it will most likely discuss the issue at its next monthly meeting. Mr. Potts would not disclose the woman's name. Ed Fox, band manager of the Blood Reserve at Card- ston. said there are also women affected by the court decision on the Blood Reserve. "But I don't forsee the band forcing them he said. Most of the women who could be forced to leave have been living on the reserve most of their lives, he said. Mr. Fox told The Herald he didn't expect any immediate changes because of the ruling. A section in the Indian Act which forces Indian women to lose treaty status if they marry non-Indians while allowing Indian men to retain status after marrying non- Indian women had been appealed to the high court by JeanetU1 Lavell and Yvonne Bedarcl. Both women had lost treaty status through marriage.