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January 1, 2011 Volume 1

2010 Busy for Native American Issues
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 Indian Country issues have been among the most debated in Washington this year:

1. Last March, President Obama signed a law reauthorizing the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.  One of the laws champions was North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee. 
DORGAN We need to improve diabetes treatment in a very substantial way.

2. Dorgan helped Congress prioritize their response to problems in Indian Country including crime.   Lisa Marie Iyotte appreciates his efforts. Lisa who was was raped in 1994, says  doctors and law enforcement were lax in dealing with her case.
IYOTTE: The Tribal Law and Order Act will prevent cases like mine from slipping through the cracks.

Dorgan is retiring from the Senate after holding the top post on the panel since 2007.
DORGAN I have been enormously proud to work on Indian Issues.

3. After years of litigation followed by months of Congressional debate, President Obama signed legislation funding the Cobell Settlement.
OBAMA Its finally time to address the way Native Americans were treated by their government. Its finally time to make things right.
Lead attorney Dennis Gingold: Weve been against the United States government in the longest, most difficult case in the history of the Circuit.

President Obama said the United States will sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This is yet one more step to improve Washington's relationship with Native Americans

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