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Indian family fights for nevada land

N.Y. Times , tues.2/22/05
pahrump,nevada Feb15- This story shows two things about the new west: American Indians still sometimes lose land to the Gov't. through technicalities , and a family's hero rides into town not on a white stallion , but in a muscle car.
Mr cox ,33 blew into Pahrump a few months ago , he stopped to see an old high school friend , Eddie Hill, a Paiute.
Mr. Hill lives on a 160 acres w/his mother & tow aunts. The women live in an army barracks, Mr. Hill lives in his own shack out back.
As it happens Mr. Cox knows something about land. He had been a real estate broker. He reckons the land is worth $10 million.
Mr. Cox had an idea:sell some of the 160 acres. Build the women a decent home. Mr. Hill would get some cash, Mr.Cox would get a commission.
There is just one problem. The family, some Sharpe , some Hill do not technically ow the land. It seems the patrarch, Louie Sharpe , neglected to have an official witness sign the deed to his homestead 60 years ago , and now the federal Gov't. has restaked it's claim to the family's home.
" Mr. Sharpe never completed his application , " Kirten Cannon , a spokeswoman for the BLM. " The family doesn't have true title. I know this sounds like the evil Gov't. trying to kick these poor Native Americans off their lands, but that's farthest from the truth. No action has been taken to remove them.

The BLM syas it cannot overlook the frgotten signature & simply award the family it's ancestral land, because homesteading was abolished by the federal gov't. in 1976. the family does have the first right to buy the land.
When she thinks of 10 million Imogene Hill , Eddie Hill's mother, cries. DShe doesn't have $100 , much less a million.
" I'm scared," Ms. Hill said," We have nowhere to go if they throw us off. There's nothing left for the grand children.
Eddie Hill has plenty to say " I recognize it was a mistake and a technicality, " he said. " But all the sudden they can't cut us a break? I hate saying it, but the white guys are taking land from us red guys again. It's a land grab because the land is worth something to somrbody now."
The 160 acre claim seems like pocket lint, until the clan's long history in the Pahrump Valley is considered. Mr. Hill's great-great-great grandfather , Cheif Tecopah of the Southern Paiutes , decided it was better to capitulate to the white man than to die by his gun.He settled in the valley in the mid-19th century.
His great grandson,Louie Sharpe,filed a claim on the 160acres in 1946, in accordance w/federal land law. There was no one out here to get the deed notarized, Mr. Hill said> No one live din the scrub where the temp in the summer tops 110 degrees. The gov't. sent a letter in 1957 telling him about the lack of notarization, but Mr. Sharpe either ignored the letter or the gov't. lost his response. In any case the county assesor collected property taxes from the family for more than 40 years.
Mr. Cox said the family would not go without a fight.He has called on the county assesor,the BLM,and Senator Harry Reid.Lawyers have promised pro bono representation. thes are things the family would not have done for themselves.Mr. Hill admits, "Mr. Cox just goes to show that not all white people aren't bad."
And so Daron Cox and Eddie Hill fight on...

I edited the length of this article a little..LC
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