Oct 31, 1965
Tribal Manager Questions
Trade Involving U.S. Land
Fred Eldean Sr., Page's board chairman said appraisers on the deal were hired by a panel selected by the Department of Justice, and a congressional subcommittee has looked into the facts already.
The Arizona Republic established these details of the trade:
PAGE HELD a cattle grazing lease on 6.800 acres of federal land in the McDowell Mountains, 26 miles northeast of Phoenix, for several years. Under rules then in effect, 14 could not buy the land outright.
But in September 1962, Congress passed a law to help the National Park Service acquire land at Point Reyes, a Pacific Occan pea(??) north of San Francisco.
This act allowed the park service to swap publicly hold lands in Arizona, California, Nevada or Oregon for privately owned land at Point Royes in order to establish the California park.
The government hired two appraisers to look at the 4,(??) acres here.
One appraisal, from Don Myers of Coldwell, Banker & Co., was for $1 million or $150 an acre.
Another on the same land, by the Larry Burke Co., set the total value at $600,000.
"That difference of $400,000 should have made somebody ask questions right there." Cassady said.
But he maintained that both (Continued on Page B. Col. 3)
Page Firm Acquires Acreage
By DON BOLLES
A FORMER big chief of the white warriors last week went on the warpath for, not against, the Indians.
Brig. Gen. George Cassady, USAF-ret., business manager of the Pima-Salf River Indian community, questioned a 1964 1 and trade between the federal government and Page Land and Cattle Co.
Page got 8,800 acres here for 1,407 in California, at a cost of $1 million.
(Page officials said there was nothing questionable about the trade, that it was fair and very much in the public interest. They pointed to the firm's long record of public service, specifically to its role in acquiring South Mountain lands for a Phoenix park.)
Cassady said be started looking into the (??) became it may affect the Indian tribe's future rights. Them, be said, be ras into stone walls and a re(??) by federal efficiats to discuss the trade.
Now he said, he is downing war point as a private citizen in order to get a congressional or efficiat committee to "make a complete and thorough investigation of this whole transaction, and a public report."
(??)D TRADE-Portion in black shows location (??).800 acres of federal land which Page Land Cattle Co. acquired for $1 million, or an aver of $150 an acre, in swap for 1,400 acres in Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif. Indian spokesmes say they are disturbed at the government's seling off lands wholesale which they may need when lake backed by dam floods their land.