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THE NAVAJO TIMES November 7, 1963 ft MRS. ELINOR ARVISO addresses Dalton Pass people while Master of Ceremonies and Interpreter Carl Beyal takes notes at Chapter Dedication. Files Raided (Continued from Page I) questions posed by Nakai. A raid on McCabe’s Office, ob servers say, would be natural be cause McCabe, as the tribe's paid executive for 12 years, ha: worked closely with Littell. The general counsel heads a staff of six law yers budgeted last May by the tri bal council for $184,000 this fis cal year. Littell, a former assistant at torney general who has won not able legal victories for the Nava jos, was the only one of the six lawyers su pended. He has four years more to go on a 10-year contract with the tribe. In a telegram to Chairman James A. Haley, D-l-la. of the House subcommittee on Indian af fairs, two Navajo leaders pleaded for hearings before the subcom mittee f>e< ause of “this outrageous action by federal per; onnel.” Mrs. Annie VVauneka, recipient of the presidential medal of Free dom last summer and Howard W. Gorman signed the telegram. They charged tfiat Stanley Zim merman. a special investigator from Washington for the Intel lor Department, Tribal Chairman Raymond Nakai and their aides “conducted an unprecedented search” of the office of the tribe’s executive secretary, Maurice Mc- Cabe. Afterward, said the tele gram. the same group ransacked the tribal records office in the most rude and discourteous man ner.” Records ‘lmpounded’ Despite protests, the telegram continued, records were “im pounded” in the garage of Nakai’s home. Among those who took part in -•the search, said the telegram, were the Indian affairs bureau’s area director, Fred Haverland, and his assistant, Robert Young, both of Gallup. N.M and the re servation superintendent Glenn Landbloorn and his assistant, Chester Wilson, plus a represen tative of the solicitor’s office. The telegram said the raiders never identified themselves. It asked: “For what purpose were the records confiscated? Why sei zure tactics similar tonon-demo cratic governments? For whom were these individuals acting and by what authority ?” The telegram also noted the records were public and ‘‘avail able on request to Nakai.” Udall, who must routinely ap prove Navajo disbursements, has held up Littell’s pay since August though as late as Oct. 11. Udall proposed a “compromise” where by Littell would keep the difficult claims work and give up his $35,000 -a - year general coun sel’s post. Question Fees Nakai’s Aug. 22 letter to Udall questioned Littell's basis for fees in claims cases, an amendment to Littell’s contract and use of tribal lawyers on claims cases. Interior Solicitor Frank Barry supported Nakai. 1 Littell believes that his sus pension is strictly political that • gHQHRVVy .* 7 * A--*, -* Mr .. IHmMMtoWI | 111 |n | sELm kl ag|| bpj . f Wr W& | aigggß3S*«Hi CAj« • THREE RESPECTED men were honored at the Dalton Pass Chapter Dedication Saturday. These were the first Indian Agent of the Eastern Navajo Jurisdiction S. F. Stacker, former Tribal Chairman, J. C. Morgan and former Chapter President Silas Morgan. Their portraits will be displayed in The Chapter House. Above left, son Wilbur Morgan holds portrait of J. C. Morgan, center is Charles Morgan who delivered the tribute and right is son Herbert Stacker holding portrait of S. F. Stacker. yEmfSm ft r • j wR it b I Tnnd * VL& ft n agj ... SOME OF THE GUEST Speakers at the Dalton Pass Chapter Dedication were left to right Samuel Billison, Public Services Director; Superin tendent of Navajo Police, Pat Nelson; John Kilgore, Head of Design and Construction, and, Russell Kilgore of the Navajo Agency. Engagement Announced Mr. 6 Mrs. Robert Bowman of Tohatchi, New Mexico, an nounced the engagement of their daughter Dorothy Ann Bowman, Tuesday, november sth. to Ed ward Cowboy, Jr., the son of Mr. G Mrs. Cowboy of Crownpoint, New Mexico. Miss Bov/man is working for Resources Division as a Secretary to Larry Cooper. Edward Cowboy, Jr., is pre sently in the Marine Corps and is stationed at Twenty Nine Palms, California He will be discharged in December, and they are plan ning to let the wedding bells ring sometime in 1964. his opponents want to loc k up the Navajos' votes, their SBO million in assets and their enormous po tential for the Democrats in 1964. Littell contends .such Udall friends as Barry Deßose, Globe, Ariz. attorney, would get the Navajo business. Only last month, says Littell, Deßose met at the Navajos’ window Rock, Ariz., air port, with two prominent Santa Fe lawyers, Fred Standley and Wal ter Kegel to discuss Navajo busi ness. Government Sued Littell maintains that for the Interior secretary to handpick, through the bureau of Indian af fairs, a private lawyer for the Navajos would be to destroy the advantage of the Indians having a lawyer. Much of a Navajo law yer’s time is spent suing the government. On the other hand, the law makes the interior secretary trustee of the tribe. ■ ■ Dorothy Ami Bowman Littell Objects (Continued from Page 1) June 25, and at various other times. It has now become apparent that they have declined to meet with ine for these purposes, but have joined in further attacks made upon the undersigned without any regard to truth or falsity. It is clearly evident that further at tacks may be anticipated. This is to advise you both that if additional attacks with false and malicious information are published, thereby misleading members of the Navajo Tribal Council and the Navajo people, you may be held respon sible in criminal libel proceed ings.” Briefly, clearly, interestingly, THE NAVAJO TIMES tells you' what is going on on the Navajo reser vation and what it means. TRIBE INVESTIGATION CONSIDERED UNLIKELY Chairman Wayne A spinall of the House Interior Committee Monday afternoon virtually ruled out the possibility of a congressional hearing on the Navajo Reservation by his Indian affairs subcommit tee. “Nobody is going to use my committee to air a controversy between two factions of the Navajo tribe,” the Colorado Democrat said. His decision will come as a blow to the “Old Guard” suppor ters of Navajo General Counsel Norman Littell, whose “personal performance” was suspended Fri day by Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall. The legislative branch has nei ther executive nor judicial du ties,” he noted, adding that “we are not going to try alleged crimi nal charges before a committee of Congress.” Might Be Interested He added that “if it turns out that procedures set out by Con gress for protection of Indians have been violated, thenw would be interested. ‘1 have not seen anything yet to indicate this is true,” he said. Indian Commissioner Philleo Nash said that “the action taken w'as that of the solicitor ot the department (of Interior) pursuant to requests ana complaints that Mr. Nakai sent in last summer.” “In order to determine the facts, representatives of the so licitor, in the presence ol Mr. Nakai. iade certain ;■ at certain tribal records would be-preserved intact and would be availablet ( all parties,’ Commissioner Nash added. He said Nakai was present “at all time. ” and the records are still in the custody of the tribe. Nash said nothing he- re ceived ill re-ports from his rep resentatives lead him to believe that the- action could be des cribed as “ransacking” the records of the tribe. He- said his representatives, present in a departmental, rather than a bureau capacity, told him the details of the action. Sen. Anderson, in a brief state ment Monday, took issue with a statement by his colleague, Sen. Edwin L. Mechem, that Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall had no business interfering with the tribe’s selection ol general coun sel. Need Furniture? American covers Navajo Land with the Southwest’s greatest selection, easiest of terms are available, plus American’s own guarantee of complete satisfaction. Free Delivery to your home or the nearest commercial truck or railroad terminal in New Mexico on purchase of SIOO.OO or more. Delivery arrangements are available for out-of-state customers. Downtown Fourth NW Albuquerque N. Mex. “As a matter of fact, the sec retary of interior has very definite business in anything that pertain to an indian tribe,” Sen. Anderson said, adding that “if the secretary is persuaded that there has been some mishandling, it’s his duty to act as guardian of Indian affairs.” Solicitor Frank Barry has ruled that Healing vs. Jones is not a claims case, thus reversing the last of two rulings by a predeces sor. Under the terms of Littell*s contract, he is paid a fixed fee for all general counsel cases and is to receive a 10 per cent fee on settlement of all claims cases. 1! Healing vs. Jones isaclaims case, Litteil will receive no addi tional compensation as genera! counsel and must pay the attor neys in his office who worked on the case out of his own pocket. There are reports that 10 per cent of the recovery figure in Healing vs. Jones, on the other hand, could range as high as $1 million. Littell has maintained Secre tary Udall has no authority or precedent for his action in sus pending Littell’s personal per formance. However, Solicitor Barry last week referred to an unnamed case in which the general counsel of a tube was suspended. The action was later reversed in court, but according to Barry, tin right of the department to takt such an action was not con to-sled. and the reversal was on factual grounds, instead. Meanwhile, former chairman Paul Jones said Secretary of In terior Udall's move came as a complete surprise, ‘‘because we had had that contract approved by the Interior Department before it was accepted. It was a mistake on his part to come bark now saying there was something ir regular about it.” He pointed out that under his administration, the Tribal Coun cil had renewed Littell's contract twice, and that one of the renewals included the claims work on which Udall based his decision to suspend Littell. Udall’s announcement had said Littell was not entitled to receive compensation for his claims work and that he, not the tribe should pay for attorneys who assisted him on the claims cases.