There was some belief that former President Richard M. Nixon would show up Thursday for the Americans for Indian Opportunity dinner honoring Rep. Morris K. Udall, a man whose political views are rarely, if ever, in the same neighborhood as Nixon's. The former president will not be at the dinner, but he did agree to permit his name to be used as a dinner sponsor. Nixon is proud of his position on Native Americans issues.
The black-tie dinner, which will mark the creation of the Morris K. Udall Fund for Tribal Governance, is to be chaired by Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, and former presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale is expected to speak. Mayor Marion Barry and House Majority Leader Jim Wright are expected to honor Udall, who is to return today from the Soviet Union, where he attended a major conference on pollution and the permafrost.
LaDonna Harris, president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, said the dinner will be an Indian event. Two tepees will be constructed in the Sheraton Washington Hotel ballroom and, because circles are sacred to Indians, Udall will be escorted in a circle around the ballroom and will be seated in the center of the room. A Comanche cryer in buckskins will walk through the room singing in his language of the Arizona congressman's great qualities. Even the meal will differ from the usually dismal hotel dinner fare. It will be quail and buffalo, and an Indian is flying in from Washington to see that the smoked salmon is cut properly. End Notes
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