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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 1HI IHHBRIDGE HERALD Solurday, September 16, 1971 If you ask me... By RUDY HAUSENEDER Herald Staff Writer Sorry Pal. I'm afraid you'll have to go to Indian alfaira for assistance. Sorry I'm afraid It's against our policy to lielp you Bays Indian affairs. Sorry Pal. That's the reaction from many city motel and hotel owners. Sorry Pal. Tnat's the reaction from this city's populace. And the weather pattern for today hasn't changi'd much from yesterday. Still cold and blowing snow. The high for today might eek up to two above, says the radio weather- man. Anrt life for the broke and stranded Indian from the Blood and Pelgan reserves looks just as forbidding as the temperature. Nobody's going to help him and unless he or she or Them possibly accompanied by a child gets a hitch- Iiiked ride it's going to be another night at the Marshall Hilton. That Hilton happens to be n wrecked car and Isn't posh by anyone's standard. Sure. He or they might be alcoholics. But alcoholism is classified as a social disease. At least it is by non-native society whose national statistics show that the profession- als; lawyers, doctors, journalists, have a high rate of al- coholism. Then it's a social disease. If an Indian is plagued by the same disease he or rather "it" becomes more than a social disease. It becomes an it. Even animals, especially dogs, realize more human compassion the dog pound. The Lcthbridge branch of the Salvation Army tries. The Lethbridge Friendship Centre may apply a more con- centrated effort this winter because it has more money now. But, ask a hungry Indian stranded here during tlie win- ter without accommodation: "It's not enough." Sometimes the only way to find shelter is to get picked up by the police for intoxication in a public place then it's up to three months of permanent day and night shelter. All the private and public help agencies have kind words and occasional handouts but the majority of help comes from Marshall's Hilton Auto Wreckers. Another drunken Indian so what? He won't freeze to death. They never do. A recent Herald story said the suicide rate among south- era Alberta Indians Is substantially higher than that of non- natives. Big deal. Financial Post lauds Etrog Travel office shut for season The Alberta Government Travel Bureau travel Informa- tion office at Fort Maileod closed Friday for the season. Most other travel Information booths closed the Labor Day weekend, but the Fort Macleod office stayed open longer "be- cause It has a reputation with the tourist and is bette a government of fie la said. Attendance figures were no Immediately available. BRIDGEVILLAESTATES for MOBILE HOME LIVING os if should be! Typical bf 40'x85' Paved tlreeti throughout Paved 2