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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI1, No..59-5 Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 5, 1977 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Na tive American advisor optimistic

Dorothy Goeman, the Native American
member of the Minority Student Services
program, says once students have reach-
ed the University level her goal is to
help keep them there.
"Once they get here, I step in and
help keep them here. Any counseling
they might need whether it's problems
with financial aid ar if they are unhappy
with housing or they need special titors,
I try to help," she said.
GOEMAN WHO is part Chippewa, part
Mohaw, was born and raised in Detroit.
Her parents were the founders of the
North American Indians Association. She
helped the founding of the Women of

American Native Tribes and was instru-
mental in developing the -Indian Com-
prehensive Employment Training Act
(C'ETA) program in both,. Ann Arbor and
Goeman says once Native American
students have hurdled the obstacles and
reached the University it is her job to
keep them there.
But the school drop-out rate among
Native American students is high and
the reasons range from prejudice to cul-
tural differences, Goeman said.
"I THINK the biggest problem, espe-
cially for kids in high school, is the
amount of prejudice that is shown. It is
still very common," she said. "Even

today there are a lot of teachers who
still hold a lot of the stereotypes that
Indian children are dumb. If they feel
the children are not going to learn, they
are not going to try and teach them. So
there is this type of negative attitude
coming at the kids from all directionts.
Not only from the surrounding commu-
nity but more importantly from the
teachers and staff."
Another factor which makes it very
difficult for Native American students
to compete in a university setting is
their own cultural background, Goeman
"T) the Indian people the family is all
important. They have to see their family
See NATIVE, Page 10

House rejects gas tax hike

House overwhelmingly rejected
a proposed five cent a gallon
increase in federal gasoline
taxes yerterday. The 339-82
vote markod the first setback
for any major portion of Presi-
dent Carter's comprehensive
energy plan.
A second proposal for a four-
cent increase also lost, 370 to

WITH CARTER'S support,
House Democratic leaders had
proposed the gas tax as a
means of encouraging Ameri-
cans to drive less.
An estimated $6 billion in new
federal revenues would have
been divided between mass
transit programs and helping
states to improve secondary
highways and bridges.
While the House spent its

third fill day voting on the pro-
visions of the President's 580-
page energy plan, Carter sign-
ed into law the Department of
Energy, the new cabinet agen-
cy designed to carry out his
energy policies.
T H E GASOLINE tax would
have hit motorists in two
stages: half in 1978 and half in

7locals protest Kent St. gm
T'lt grass r( its effort aimed
-, , ,a' haltitg the constructitin of a
gv:'tnssitm on the site of the
My 4, 1971) Kent State shoot-
l11im t tame to Annt Arbor yester-
d-ty in the f:trmt of a protest
raty on the I)t ' x'hich sore
75 peopte attetnded.
The United - att. give'rn-
-ielt hss ueer admitted that it
III thl-' seip'l to s -and tip and
av whi h w 1.th csrrett rtiad
ti fllsw l vi-. t'a, said Jim
Fr of t' M Florth Coali-
titton "nd tt it sat Kent State
w h er e tti .c -er-lip continues
. as the University tries to
, .- u it a gvm t tlthat hallowed
g' ti
z- ;/---- - r> AX1 ltr h Coalition is
a "roip of si-dents, and former
stdudents if Ke'at State Univer-
ity whts h ase formed the back-
hone of the effitrt. 'The coalition
has riised mire than $20,000 in
iegai fee- and expenses. The
gr tup is ctrrently in debt for
anoher 0i, 001.
We're hoping to pay off the
I rest of the noney with benefit
cocerts a d rallies like these,"
explained Nathan Soory, also of
the Coalition.
Representatives of v a r i o u s
p capsorganizations, including
Io I I> the Graduate Employes Organi-
zation (GEO), the American
Federation for State and County
Employes (AFSCME), the Iran-
JM P FRYE, a member of h Ptoby N FRS ian Students Organization, and
JII~ FRE, memer f te Ma 4t colitionspeks the Revolutionary Students Bri-
to the 75 students gathered on the diag yesterday as part gade, gave solidarity speeches
of a Kent State rally in opposition to the construction of at the rally.
a gymnasium on the site where four students were killed 'A TEMPORARY restraining
on that campus four years ago. See DIAG, Page 10

But Republicans and niny
IDemocrats who are otherwise
supporting the President's en-
ergy package said there is no
evidence that an increase in
the present four cent per gal-
lon gasoline tax would reduce
fuel consumption by American
They said Americans have
been driving more, not less,
since the oil-producing nations
raised prices dramatically in
1973 and gasoline prices near-
ly doubled.
"IT ISN'T going to make a
single bit of difference,"' Rep.
William A. Steiger. (R-Wis.),
said before the vote. -
Republicans alsi repneatedly
noted that another tax portion
of the energy plan still to be
voted on wil have the effect of
raising gasoline taxes an esti-
mated seven cents per gatlion
over te next three r fiiir
Under the second tax, Imlst
U. S.-produced oil wiulld grad-
ually be taxed to raise its price
to the level of oil sold by oth-
er producing nations. It is as-
sumed that U. S. oil companies
would pass on about twii-thirds
of the tax t consumers.

I3 U Tu T' I E so-called crude
oil equalization tax also calls
for the revenues to be rebated
to taxpayers at an average of
$44 to each head of household.
Nonetheless, House support-
ers said the additional nickel
tax was also needed as an ad-
ditional impetus for reducing
U. S. gasoline consumption,
which has been climbing by
about four per cent a year.
Ret). Thomas Ashley, (D-
Ohio), chairman of the louse
Energy Committee, said the
nickel tax hike would go far to-
ward meeting the administra-
tion's goal of reducing gaso-
line consumption by ten per
reit by 1985.
''AWe htve io suihiw ill the
stiiiiach see cats iin reaching
this goal. Ashley said of the
most piilitically unappetizing
question tto come before the
Ilsouse a irs debate in the (otr-
ter energy package.
When ('oter annoiunced Itis
energy pln lasti April 20, it
incltuded a standby gasoline tax
thsit wsvtuld take effect only if
consmiispticn kept rising. It
could hive gone ut five cetits
a year to as high as 5l1 cents a
gallon by 1985.

Missing GM exec
have no clus yet
t)ETIROIT (U1P1)-A man teutatively identified as a General
Motors Corp. executive omissing since Wednesday morning was
found dead yesterday afternoon next to a railroad track in suburban
The body of Carson McDowell, 43, an assistant merchandising
manager for Chevrolet truck sates, was discovered about a half-
mile from the site in Detroit where his abandoned station wagon
had been found hours earlier, police said.
FERNDALE POLICE Chief Donald Geary said officers were
tpe by a Grand Trdnk & Western railroad crew that had spotted
He said two lacerations were noticed on the body, hot cause
of death was not known,
See POLICE, Page 7

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