top of these Buttes, North of road, are about the same height as Cuny Table
and as we drive West we get to that height. The thing that caught
my eye here was the thick black layer at the top.
Is it rich soil like that on Cuny Table? The photo below, South side of road, was taken further
West and up hill. I believe the mesa in distance, on right is part of Cuny Table.
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CUNY TABLE was named after Pat Cuny's grandfather, who established the first ranch on the sweetgrass tabletop at the northwestern edge of the reservation. "It's the best place to make a living, and they just tormented this ground here," said Cuny. Pat spent four years as an infantryman during World War II,. When he got home from Germany, that home didn't exist anymore. "They, the U.S. Government, gave the family 30 days to get out," he said. "They banged the house up with machine guns and then tore it down. They bombed the place all through the war." Yes, Cuny Table has been used as a bombing test range.
Pat's nephew Oliver
Swallow was 12 years old when the order to leave came. "This great In-God-We-Trust
government came in and said we're buying your land -- get out," Swallow
said. "They gave us $16 an acre -- more than some people. We found another
piece of ground outside the range, but it wasn't nearly as good.
"There was no appeal -- we just had to go with the flow. I really don't
feel as loyal to the country as a lot of people do. What the government
did to my family is kind of disheartening." From:AISESnet
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