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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder tells reporters about efforts the Obama administration is making to work with American Indian tribes. Looking on during the Thursday night St. Paul news conference are, from left, Theresa Pouley of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington state, Zackeree Kelin of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and Ted Quasula of the Nevada Indian Commission. Don Davis/Minn. State Capitol Bureau

Indian country happy with Obama efforts

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ST. PAUL -- Relations between American Indian tribes and the federal government have turned around since Barack Obama became president, tribal leaders said Thursday night after a two-day St. Paul conference.

"A breath of fresh air," Judge Theresa Pauley of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington state said about the Obama administration's pledge to work closer with American Indians and fulfill federal promises.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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