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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (May 4, 1972)
thursday, may 4, 1972
lincoln, nebraska vol. 95, no. 107
Indians are slowly but surely learning
they do have a voice, Bob Mackey, state
Indian commissioner said Wednesday in
the Nebraska Union.
"We need total commitment of our
young people" in order to bring about
things that are only available through the
use of pressure, he said. "We no longer
can ride the fence."
Mackey was speaking on 'The
American Indian in Nebraska " as part of
American Indian Culture Week at UNL.
"We have to be Indian or non-Indian,"
he told a small group of students. It is
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possible to enter the white man's world
but keep what is good of the Indian
culture, Mackey said.
"For too many years we've been
pushed around, dominated . . . right here
in the state of Nebraska."
There is a "redneck attitude"
throughout the state that oppresses all
minority groups, according to Mackey.
"You are probably being part of
history in the making," Mackey told the
group. Indians are becoming involved in
their own affairs whereas in the past
much has been done by non-Indians, he
Mackey cited the past lack of
opportunity for Indians to gain
meaningful education. "Indians are now
getting educated," he said.
But still the biggest problem is getting
Indian students into high school. 'The
curriculum in schools is geared to middle
class whites," Mackey said. For this
reason Indians either drop out or are
entered in slow learning classes, according
'This is just another stigma added to
all others," he added.
Machey said 50-55 Indians would be
graduating from high school in Nebraska
this year and he hopes to get at least
one-half of these students enrolled at the
Some posit'"; things have been
happening since the Indian Commission
opened, Mackey said. There have been
changes in curriculum, -teacher and
counseling availability to students, he
"Educational opportunities are
improving," he said. "We are pushing or a
requirement at the University that
teachers must have some background in
minorities if they will be teaching
The State Library Commission is
bringing a mobile library to the Sioux
City area and is trying to bring one to
Knox County, Mackey said.
Although Nebraska has been low on
the list to receive money for federal
programs, the situation is improving
according to Mackey. "Industry and
housing are coming about," he said.
"We have too; communication with
congressional delegation from
Nebraska," Mackey said. "We are not
politically-minded. Neither party has
been good for us but we do select people
we feel will be most effective."
"Nebraska is the only state, to my
knowledge, that has a land-grant college
that doesn't offer free tuition to
Indians," Mackey said.
About 7,000 Indians are now living on
50,000 acres of land, according to
Mackey. He said one rancher in Valentine
has 55,000 acres by himself.
Mackey said he believes there is hope
for the Indian. Only a handful have been
able to escape the reservation and get an
education, ha said, but there are some
capable Indian people.
"We are looking forward soon to
seeing Indians here showing other
students that there are opportunities."
by Carol Strasser
After three years, the Council on Student Life (CSL) is
growing up, according to student CSL member Dennis Confer.
CSL was created by the Board of Regents in 1969 and given
policy-making power over students' outof -classroom activities.
Last week the Council issued its annual report. "We
discussed and acted on each issue we were able to identify,"
said chairman Franklin Eldridge, but "we're not through yet."
Some of the unfinished topics facing next year's CSL are a
report from its ad hoc Student Health Committee, drafts of
new student disciplinary code and disciplinary procedures and
results of its resolution on low-income housing.
The resolution was the result of a meeting between CSL
and members of the Poorhouse Coalition. It requests the
University to provide sufficient housing for its married
students, to educate students as to their impact on the
low-cost housing market and to urge the city and other groups
to cooperate in solving the low-income housing problem.
Interviews are being held for student members of next
year's Council, said Confer, and students can sign up outside
the ASUN office in the Nebraska Union.
CSL member Harry Canon, interim assistant dean of
student development services, said he is pleased that CSL dealt
with "the basic issues having to do with academic freedom."
He referred to CSL's actions on the World in Revolution and
Time-Out Conferences and on the distribution of birth control
During the controversy over the Time-Out Conference on
Human Sexuality, CSL held a special meeting and passed a
resolution supporting the intent of the conference and right of
the speakers to present divergent opinions.
When the World in Revolution Conference was under fire,
CSL decided its statement on the Time-Out Conference
applied to this conference and made no other statement.
The Council also held a special meeting when birth control
handbooks purchased by ASUN were distributed in
dormitories by the Association for Birth Control.
In a split vote, the Council passed a resolution stating that
"to disseminate birth control information is both valid and
necessary for the students on this campus" and ASUN may
legitimately disseminate that information.
"It seemed to me that on the most vital issues, CSL was
ready to discuss, get reports and take a stand," said Eldridge,
associate dean of the College of Agriculture.
Canon termed CSL a "force for reconciliation" in the coed
visitation issue. After a meeting between CSL and the regents,
the regents decided to survey parents on a new, liberalized
coed visitation policy.
When the result of the survey was unacceptable to students
and they threatened mass violation of existing rules, CSL
worked with the chancellor, students and Student Affairs staff
to reach a compromise.
"We've clarified a little bit our relationship with ASUN and
faculty senate and have established a better relationship with
the regents," E Idr idge added.
After complaints by former ASUN president Steve Fowler,
CSL agreed to seek input from ASUN when selecting students
for CSL subcommittees.
At the request of the Faculty Senate, responsibility for
appointment of faculty members to CSL was transferred to
the chancellor although the senate's Committee on
Committees would still submit nominations.
In other action, the Council sent a comprehensive report on
student fees to the chancellor, prepared a statement on drug
abuse to replace current University policy (yet to be acted on
by the regents) and dropped the 12-hour requirement for
participation in extra-curricular activities.
A committee on Drug Education, Rehabilitation and
Treatment was appointed at CSL's request and six persons
have received a grant for training in drug education at the
University of Minnesota.
CSL's sub-committee on Student Organizations set up a
procedure for the distribution of publications by officially
recognized student organizations following complaints by the
defunct Courier II staff that there was no such procedure. The
procedure was approved by CSL.
"For the most part, CSL dealt with things effectively,"
Confer said, although he said there should be a standard
procedure established so CSL could deal with issues more
Eldridge's only complaint was that CSL's open half hour
hadn't been publicized enough, and students hadn't taken
advantage of the half hour to present issues to the Council.
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