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THE NAVAJO TIMES MARCH, 1961 Shaw Says City Loses Cash Callup will start losing payroll checks beginning about March 15 because the city failed to provide suilicient housing to staff the big Gallup Indian 200 bed referral hospital. That is tl»e end lesult of a long battle which Dr. James R. Shaw, director ol the United State Pub lic Health Service Division of In dian Health, has waged unsuccess fully for the past year and a half to get housing for the hospital staff. ‘‘The hospital has just had its final inspection and we will start opening it on a unit by unit basis by the first of April. The hospital is scheduled to be in full opera tion by the first of July. As of row we actually have 44 people in Gallup. But we have a total of 113 cuirently on the Gallup hos pital payroll. There are only 62 rental vacancies in Gallup, so we Ground Breaking Rites At Four Corners Plant Installation of a flagpole at the site of the multi-million dollar| Four Corners Power plafnt of the Arizona Public Service Company 22 miles southwest of Farmington today, took the place of the usual ground-breaking ceremony. Taking part were Waiter Luck ing, APCC president; Allen Chris tnsc, Utah Construction company president, and Paul Jones, chair man of the Navajo Tribal Council. Jones, in a speech prepared for delivery at the ceremony, said the main interest of the Navajo tribe in pi ejects such as this is to pro vide jobs for Navajos in the con struction and operation of the plant itself, as well as “ a better way of life for all of our people through the low cost power which will be produced here.” „ Jones said he hoped the electric rower produced will attract many industries. He visualized a grid of power lines throughout the Navajo res ervation. electric power in Navajo dwellings and with the advent of such power, the acquisition of el ectrical appliances, including re frigeration and television. The tribe will also receive a Indian ! Schools | Pushed i ( Hie Interior Department moved i quickly today to carry out Presi- i dent Kennedy’s order to establish school facilities for 5,000 Indian j ] and Eskimo children. < Kennedy announced at his news conference Thuisday he was or dering something done about the|; plight of the Indians mostly Navajos in New Mexico and Ari zona. Today, Interior Secretary Stew art Udall announced the Bureau of Indian Affairs had already as signed a staff to prepare plans, for schooling the Indians and to, correct unsafe and obsolete federal * Indian school facilities. "The most urgent needs are in the Navajo area of New Mexico and Arzona where we have a short age of about 5.700 (school) seats and in Alaska where we need roughly 1,000,” Udall said About 300 additional seats are needed in the Choctaw area of Mississippi and in other scattered locations ’ The secretary said his depart ment considered it a “crash pro gram” and planned “to put a great, have had to stash some of these people away at other locations un til we have the housing for them,” Shaw told the Independent in an interview. USPHS would be bringing these people into Galiup as ol now if proper housing were available for them, Shaw said, ‘‘But it isn't, he added. We are basically up against the same old problem,” By Mar., 15, some of these recruits now in other locations would be drawing their first paycheck in Gallup if the housing were available. As it is now, Shaw said, ‘‘that's just one less payroll check that won’t be spent in Gallup” multiplied many times over. Shaw had sought to have 150 housing units ready for the hos pital staff by January 1, 1961. The hospital will have a staff of 300 approximately. He plans U> recruit percentage from the mining of coal for the plant and a “fair” overall rate on power, Jones said. Arizona Gov. Paul Fannin was one of the invited guests and while New Mexico Gov. Edwin L. Mech em was unable to attend the cere mony, he plans to attend a ban quet tonight in Farmington along with Lt. Gov. Tom Bolack. Reservations Bill Opposed The Southern Ute Tribal Council objected strongly Sunday to a bill before the Colorado Legislature which would give the state com plete jurisdiction over criminal and civil legal actions on Indian res ervations. If the bili w'ere to become law, the council said, it would abolish the law and order departments in the Southern and Ute Mountain Tribal Reservations the only 1 reservations in Colorado. The proposal was introduced by Rep. Arthur M. Wyatt, D-Durango. Southern Ute officials said they knew nothing of the bill until it came to their attention through newspaper and radio reports. Council# Chairman Anthony Burch said no member of the tri bal organization had been consult ed about the bill. The Ute Moun tain Tribal ouncil confirmed that it had not been informed on the measure. In a letter to Wyatt, the Ute j people asked that the bill be with drawn. Butch pointed out that the South ern Ute Tribe spends $55,000 p I year to maintain a five-man police force and for welfare costs re sulting from tribal rulings. “If the .Wyatt bill were to be come Burch said, “these expenses would have to be borne by all the people of La Plata, I Archuleta and Montezuma coup WINDOW ROCK LODGE & RESTAURANT Comfortable Lodging . Call In Advance For Your Reseiw-rions EXCELLENT MEALS Phone 9231 Window Rock, Arizona about half of the personnel for the hospital from Gunup residents. The other 150 will be trained per sonnel that will be b:ought in from other communities and from the USPHS commissioned corps. USPHS officials became alarm ed about the housing situation ior trtbir Gallup hospital staff anj some 63 new housing units 'have been built in Gallup. Most of them are for sale. Os the 62 rental units now listed as available in Gallup Shaw said, ‘‘many are in base ments and are substandard.” Shaw had hoped for 135 rental units for his staff. Such housing simply is not avail able and USPHS has had “a real tough time recruiting personnel to come to Galiup. Most of my med ical staff are commissioned offic ers going into Gallup under orders but against their personal desir- The new plant will have a ca pacity of 350,000 kilowatts and will use coal as a fuel. The coal will be supplied by the Utah Construct ion and Mining company which has extensive mineral leases next to the plant site. The new installation, expected to go into operation in 1963. will cost more than SIOO million. ties if the Indian peoples were to receive the same efficient serv ice.” | Burch said there is no possibil ity of tax revenue from Indian lands to help meet the added costs. ■ Club Celebrates Indian f)nv Indian Day was sponsored by the Dineh Club of Cential High School, Kirtland, N.M. The theme for the day was “Pride in our Indian Heritage.” Carrying out this theme was an exhibit of the arts and crafts ot Indians. Seeds representing the different ciops raised by the In dians were also on display. Many students and members of the faculty dressed in various tra ditional Indian costumes added to the spirit of the day. The squaw, Imogene Benallie, w'as crowned by Brave, Jimmy Daniels. Mrs. Anna Wauneka, member of the Tribal Council, was the guest speaker. She gave a most enjoy able talk in which she encourag-j ed the Indian youth to make the l I most of their days in school in obtaining an education and at the same time to retain as much as 1 possible their own Indian heritage. The Dineh Club hopes the cele- I bration of Indian Day will become <an annual event. es,” Shaw said. Finally, on Feb. . 16, the Bureau ol Indian Allans, acting as contracting agent lor USPHS, announced bids for the constriction of nine public hous ing units lor the top medical of ficers who will live on the hospital, grounds and will be on call 24- hours a day. Gallup builders ob jected to this public housing, for which a contract for $203,363 was let to W. A. Elliott Coonstruction Co. of Albuquerque on March 3. Shaw said that these nine public housing units will be completed by the end of the summer and; will insure adequate quaiters, at j least, tor his top medical person-' nel. They will be rotated into Gal-! lup on USPHS tours of duty. Theyj include the top medical officer, the i deputy medical officer, the chief! and deputy chief of surgery, the! deputy chief of medicine, the chief of orthopedics, the deputy chief of pediatrics, the chief ot obstet-i rics and the chief dentai officer. | There are no present plans to build any more government hous ing units at Gallup, So the rest of the staff will have to find its housing on a catch-as-catch-can ba sis, Shaw said. ‘‘The time will come when I will have to order our recruits into Gallup" who are a.ready on the hospital payroll but I are living elsewhere because of! the current lack cf housing. "What I am fearful of is that many of i these recruits eithei will refuse to come to Gallup or will quit' shortly alter they do come be- Junior Colleges Bill in Senate Junior college enabling tion was pending action in the Senate today, following approvalj by the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday afternoon. j House Bill 55, pioviding for lo cally supported junior colleges in San Juan County and tour other! counties in the state, received a ‘do pass’ recommendation in the i tough committee after a number I of amendments were added by Sen. Albert R. Greer of Farming, ton. Pioponents believe the Senate will accept the bill by a lair maj ority but will make no guess about whether Gov. Edwin L. Mechem will sign it. By the time th e bill reaches the governor the so-called “veto deadline” will have passed, therefore he could kill it by tak ing no action for the succeeding 20 days. Greer explained to the commit tee that his Jments were de signed to up objections of some committee membets. The favorable recommendation came on a 7-4 committee vote. Sen. Fa bian Chavez was present but ab stained from voting. Greer's most important amend- SERVICE AND DEPENDABILITY FOR OVER 7# YEARS FLAGSTAFF • WINSLOW HOLBROOK • WILLIAMS PAGE • GRAND CANYON AND RESERVATION TRADING POSTS cause of lack of housing.- Hons? ing has been the big prooiem ia recruiting. Many people just don t want to come to Gallup without assurance 01 adequate housing lor their families.” Shaw said. "I don't know what we are go ing (o do. We can't bring bousing into being. And we juSt can't op erate a hospital without a staff. It is unthinkable to me that this problem has remained unsolved, although 1 predicted that we would haw trouble with housing at Gal lup six years ago,” when the de cision was first made to put the hospital at Gallup. Asked whether he was sorry now that Gallup had been chosen ac the site for the hospital, Shaw said, ‘‘No. Gallup is the logical place for it if we are ever going to solve the Indian health prob lem in that area.” But he said that he was discouraged that Gal lup citizens had not faced up te 1 the housing problem when they ! realized that the government wa* putting into the community “a mulli-million-dollar hospital which will have probably the largest pay roll in Gallup and which will be one of tile finest hospitals in the state.” Cur.ently Shaw plans to have i 23 medical officers at the hospital ! during the coming fiscal year. * Presently there are 44 Gallup ho®* pitai doctors and employes in Gal lup. two of whom have purchased i homes, eight are renting and 34 are local residents. ments require that the pubWe schools join in providing a trans portation stystem for junior col lege students, that members «4 the junior college board be elected each from separate public school districts in the college district, that no dormitories will be built, that the junior college be guided by a senior institution in prepar ing a curriculum, and that prior to establishing the college a 10-yr. enrollment projection, 10 year campus expansion plan, a trans portation plan, and a plan for public school use of facilities ii the college folds be drawn up. The amendments also provide that the college “may” set up vo cational courses (rather thaa “shall ") and that the state board of education “may” approve a college district. If the bill becomes law, college* could be established upon peti tion by property owners and ap proval by voters in San Juan, Eddy. Lea, Chavez, and perhape McKinley Counties. AH financial support would be local, with con struction of facilities through build ing bonds and a tax property t-as levy.