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U.S. Presidential Transition (2009)
Indian tribes, with more clout and money, find an ally in Obama
Indian tribes, with more clout and money, find an ally in Obama

WASHINGTON — At a July fundraiser in the elegant Mandarin Oriental hotel near Washington's Tidal Basin, President Obama met with some of his most steadfast supporters — two dozen political and business leaders eager to write sizable checks to help keep him in the White House.All were leaders of Native American tribes, who pressed their issues with a president they say is attuned to their needs.Bill John Baker, principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, told Obama his Oklahoma tribe was owed $50 million for its costs of administering federal health services."He said, 'Let me look into this and see what we can do,'" Baker recalled. A week later, he received a letter from the White House...

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