Indian Affairs Committee Meets for First Time in New Congress

Libby Casey, APRN – Washington DC

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee met Wednesday for the first time this year, in a short session to officially get the new Congress underway.  Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka took the gavel as chairman, and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso is the top Republican.  Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski held on to her committee seat.

But one voice is noticeably absent: that of recently retired Senator Byron Dorgan of North Dakota.  As APRN’s Libby Casey reports, Dorgan led the Committee through one of Congress’s most significant eras of progress on Native issues.

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