World: Rights for the Mountain Men

Far deeper than the North-South Cabinet split was the wound that Premier Ky sought to heal last week at Pleiku. There, on the edge of Viet Nam's serrated central plateau, he sat down with leaders of the rebellious Montagnard tribes, whose demands for equal treatment have plagued every Saigon government since 1954.

The problem of the mountain men has been centuries in the making. Primitive aborigines who wear loincloths and worship ghosts, they are descended from natives who occupied the Indo-Chinese peninsula long before the Chinese-related Vietnamese moved south some 1,700 years ago. The Vietnamese took over the rice-rich coastal plains and...

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