(Newspaper Tributes: Part 6 of 6)
[From the Arizona Daily Star, July 17, 1992]


(By Steve Meissner)

NEW YORK.--Norma Udall quietly stood in Madison Square Garden last night and watched through misty eyes as Democrats honored her ill husband, former Arizona Representative Morris K. Udall.

"I can feel his presence all over this building, she said, biting her lip as Arizona's congressional delegation waved yellow "Mo" signs, and the Democratic National Convention watched a videotape featuring some of Udall's best political jokes.

Udall, who retired last year because of advanced Parkinson's disease, was not in Madison Square Garden last night as Representative Butler Derrick, (D-SC) lauded Udall's efforts on behalf of campaign finance reform and for the environment, and as House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, (D-WA) said in a tape that "Mo needs no monuments. His monument is his work."

Udall is in a Washington, DC, hospital, so weak from his illness that he is unable to communicate.

Udall was able to watch the tribute from his hospital bed, his wife said.

"I left a note taped to his television," said Mrs. Udall. "I told them to make sure the channel was set on a station that was showing the convention."

Most seats in Madison Square Garden were empty yesterday as the tribute was shown. It was one of the first events scheduled on a very busy night--Tennessee Senator Al Gore was nominated as Vice President, and Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton gave his acceptance speech--and delegates were still trickling in.

But a film clip lauding Udall contained some of Udall's most famous jokes, including the line supplied by a New Hampshire barber.

Udall entered the man's barber shop during his 1976 presidential campaign and explained that he was running for president. "Oh yeah, we were just laughing about that this morning," the barber responded in one of the better known lines of the book on political humor.

Arizona delegates found something else to chuckle about. Giant television screens around the convention hall showed a text of Derrick's tribute to Udall--and Udall's first name repeatedly was spelled "Moe" instead of "Mo."

[From the Phoenix Gazette, September 24. 1991]



(By Pat Flannery)

NEW YORK.--The echo of Morris Udall's words through Madison Square Garden on Thursday recalled a time 16 years ago when a legendary prayer became part of the popular political vernacular.

It was July 14, 1976, and Udall had just lost in his primary bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

As former Udall aide Bob Neuman recalled: "He gave his speech endorsing Jimmy Carter from the podium. It was just a masterpiece!"

The most memorable line was uttered again on tape Thursday for the 1992 Democratic National Convention:

"Lord give us the wisdom to speak tender and gentle words ... for tomorrow we may have to eat them!"

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Thursday night, Udall's grace and wit were recalled in a 10-minute tribute that kicked off the last night of the convention.

"Every time I see it, I want to cry," said Udall's wife, Norma, who sat with the Arizona delegation during the feature.

"It hurts me that he's not here," she said, adding that the "rush of affection and warmth is breathtaking."

Udall, afflicted with Parkinson's disease that is in advanced stages, is confined to a Washington, DC, treatment center.

South Carolina Representative Butler Derrick introduced the tribute to Udall, a St. Johns native who represented District 2 in the House of Representatives for 30 years.

The tribute was the idea of Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini, who asked Democratic Party Chairman Ron Brown to consider it.

"I was visiting him (Udall) at his hospital room about 2 weeks ago, and it just dawned on me that it would be nice," DeConcini said.

As the Arizona delegation held up yellow "Mo" signs, Derrick told the convection that Udall "fought harder than anyone in Congress for issues he believed in ... and most memorably, he fought for the environment."

"Remember Mo Udall's ability to speak tender and generous words," Derrick said.

Norma Udall said she left instructions for Udall's television to be left on so he might see the tribute Thursday.

"I think the most important thing I'll tell him is how we feel about him," she said afterward.

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Congressman Morris K. Udall's Record
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Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C.

April, 1991

The following is a compilation of national and Arizona legislation in which Congressman Morris K. Udall was instrumental.
  • Central Arizona Project. Congressman Udall's relationship with the House Appropriations Committee and his leadership in support of what became the precedent-setting Plan 6 Cost-Sharing Agreement with the Administration are major reasons why the CAP has received record-level funding during times of severe budget constraints and why project construction has remained on schedule.
  • The Ak-Chin Indian Water Rights Settlement of 1978.* This was the first legislated settlement of a tribe's water rights. Amended in 1984, the Ak-Chin settlement is also the first settlement to be fully and successfully implemented.
  • The Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act of 1982.* Provided for settlement of the water rights claims of the San Xavier and Shuk Toak Districts of the Tohono O'Odham (formerly Papago) Indian tribe. Participants included the City of Tucson, mines and irrigators in Pima County. Implementation is still in progress.
  • The Gila Bend Indian Lands Replacement Act of 1986.* Settled the claims of the San Lucy District of the Tohono O'Odham at Gila Bend, principally vis-a-vis the United States. The Act has been fully implemented.
  • The Salt River-Pima-Maricopa Indian Water Rights Settlement Act of 1988.* Provided for settlement of the claims of the Salt River-Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, with participants including Maricopa County municipalities, Salt River Project, Roosevelt Water Conservation District, the State of Arizona and others. Final actions to finalize the settlement and permit its full implementation should be complete in the spring of 1991.
  • The Fort McDowell Indian Community Water Rights Settlement Act of 1990.* Quantified the Fort McDowell Indian Community's entitlement to water and settled all claims between the Community and Maricopa County municipalities, Salt River Project, Roosevelt Water Conservation District, the State of Arizona and the United States. Efforts to finalize the settlement are proceeding on schedule.

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  • The San Carlos Apache Indian Water Rights Settlement. * In October, 1990, the House passed legislation providing for settlement of water rights claims of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Participants include the United States, the State of Arizona, Salt River Project, Roosevelt Water Conservation District, the cities of Chandler, Glendale, Globe, Mesa, Safford, Scottsdale, Tempe, the Town of Gilbert, Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District, Buckeye Irrigation Company and the Pehlps-Dodge Corporation. The Senate did not take up the legislation prior to adjournment. Mr. Udall joined Congressmen Rhodes and Kyl in reintroducing the legislation in the 102d Congress; the Interior and Senate Indian Committees held a joint hearing on the legislation in March, 1991, and further House and Senate action is expected.
  • Gila River Indian Water Rights Settlement.* Negotiations to produce an agreement settling the water rights claims of the Gila River Indian Community -- the largest and most complex in central Arizona -- have been underway for more than two years. Prospects for an oversall agreement appear good and settlement legislation is expected to be ready for introduction in Congress in the spring of 1991.
  • Tohono O'Odham (Papago) Indian Water Rights Settlement.* Preliminary negotiations are underway to revise the San Xavier portion of the 1982 Southern Arizona Water Rights Settlement Act and to fulfill requirements of that Act, as well as to settle the water rights claims of the Sif Oidak District (Chuichu) of the Sells Reservation. legislation is expected to be introduced some time in 1991.
  • Tohono O'Odham Tat Momlikot Dam Settlement Act of 1986. Settled claims of the Tohono O'Odham arising from construction of Tat Momolik Dam and secured for the United States appropriate rights to lands for the dam and its reservoir.
  • Divestiture of the Electrical Transmissions and Distribution System of the San Carlos Irrigation Project. Since 1987 the Gila River Indian community, San Carlos Apache Tribe, San Carlos Irrigation and Draingage District, Arizona Public Service Co., Electrical District No. 2 and Trico Electric Cooperative have sought to take over operation of the system, which has been operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs since 1928, and provide a more rational basis for present and future electric service in Central Arizona. Congressman Udall co-sponsored legislation with Congressman Kolbe and others of the Arizona delegation to authorize and implement divestiture. Committee hearings in the 101st Congress led to refinements in the legislation, which Mr. Udall, Mr. Kolbe and Mr. Rhodes reintroduced in 1991, with hopes for passage in the 102d Congress.

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  • Federal Crimes on Indian Reservations. The Committee concluded extensive oversight hearings, including field hearings, during the 100th and 101st Congresses on the investigation and prosecution of federal crimes on Indian reservations and passed HR 498, providing a firm statutory foundation for BIA law enforcement activities and making reforms in the administration of law enforcement programs by the BIA.
  • Tribal Government Reform. The Committee staff, at Congressman Udall's direction, undertook planning for a Committee initiative in the field of Tribal Government reform.


  • Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Enacted and signed into law by President Carter in 1980, this historic measure doubled the size of the national park system and tripled the size of the national wilderness system. It placed America's natural "crown jewels" under federal protection. Hailed as the most important conservation legislation since Theodore Roosevelt created the national park system.
  • General Conservation. Mr. Udall, as chairman of the House Interior Committee, shepherded scores of bills through the Congress to enlarge, enhance, protect and care for America's parks, wilderness and refuge systems. Mr. Udall is closely identified with the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the Archaelogical Resources Protection Act and many other landmark conservation measures.
  • Surfacing Mining and Reclamation. Mr. Udall was instrumental in securing passage of this landmark bill in 1977, which for the first time provided direction for the coal mining industry for the reclamation and restoration of mined land. In brief, the law said if you must mine, the land must be put back the way it was.
  • Price-Anderson Amendments Act of 1987. Mr. Udall introduced this bill with Congressman Phil Sharp of Indiana in March, 1987, and was instrumental in moving the legislation through the Congress. The act ensures that adequate funds will be available to compensate the public in the event of a nuclear accident. It streamlines the claims process to ensure speedy compensation for victims and it provides a mechmanism to ensure that these funds are available regardless of the financial health of the responsible party.

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  • American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978. An Act to recognize traditional Indian religions and to protect the practice of traditional Indian religions on public lands.
  • Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. An Act to establish standards for the placement of Indian children in foster or adoptive homes, to prevent the breakup of Indian families, to recognize the right of Indian tribes in the protection of Indian families and to provide funds for Indian child welfare programs.
  • Indian Mineral Development Act of 1982. A bill to permit Indian tribes to enter into different forms of agreements for the development of their mineral resoruces to enable them to gain the highest rate of return possible.
  • Archeological Resources Protection Act. Established system of protection for Indian artifacts and other archaelogical resources on public lands and curb vandalism, theft and trafficking in stolen artifacts.
  • Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1986. An Act to provide education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and law enforcement assistance to Indian tribes and communities to fight the severe problems of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. An Act to provide minimum federal regulatory standards for gambling activities on Indian reservations, to provide the tribal-state agreements for the conduct of certain forms of gambling and to establish a federal Indian Gaming Commission to implement the Act.
  • Indian Health Care Amendments of 1988. An Act to reauthorize and amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act and to make further reforms in the administration and provisions of Indian health care services.
  • American Heritage Trust Act. Introduced bill to reform Land and Water Conservation Fund, the only source of federal money for acquisition of parks, wildlife refuges, forests and rivers by states and the federal government, and construction of recreation facilities by state and local governments. Bill would have made LWCF an endowed trust fund to guarantee a growing and reliable source of funds for LWCF purposes in perpetuity and reversed the shrinkage of LWCF spending in the Reagan-Bush years.
  • Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984. Designated more than I million acres of wilderness in national forest and BLM lands in Arizona.

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  • Coal Slurry. Consumer-oriented bill to reduce the cost of coal transportation, thus eventually reducing the cost of generation of electricity at coal-fired plants. Coal would be shipped in slurry form through pipelines. Pipelines would be built by private sector, but this legislation, introduced by Mr. Udall, would allow same. Bill reported by Committee in 101st Congress.
  • Tongass National Forest. Enacted Tongass Timber Reform Act, which effectively ended federal subsidies for harvesting of old-growth timber in the only American temperate rain forest, located in Alaska. Taxpayers had paid $50 million a year to subsidize two Alaskan pulp mills and to underwerite 50-year contracts that allowed the mills to cut federal timber at bargain prices and ship the final product to Japan. The Act ended subsidies, reformed contracts and protected more than a million acres of ancient forest lands from logging, mining and roadbuilding.

* The federal government, as trustee for Indian tribes, is responsible for securing sufficient water supplies to develop and sustain reservations as viable tribal homelands. As an alternative to long and costly litigation, Mr. Udall encouraged negotiated settlements that would quanitify tribal rights, settle claims and provide means for tribes to use their water entitlements. The federal government's contracts with Central Arizona tribes to deliver Colorado River water as part of their overall entitlement to water have provided a partial basis for settlements.

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Addresses and Special Orders Held in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, Presented in Honor of The Honorable Morris K. "Mo" Udall, A Representative from Arizona, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session
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