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Colorado lawmaker compared Indian tuition bill to 'reparations'





A Colorado lawmaker is coming under fire for voting against a bill to expand the Indian tuition program.

Sen. Mary Hodge (D) said HB1124 would have cost the state too much money. Offering in-state tuition to members of 48 tribes with connections to Colorado was expected to cost $6 million.

But she also raised a philosophical objection to the bill. “I don’t know how long we can make reparations [to Native Americans] or how far we’d have to go back,” Hodge told Indian Country Today.

A fellow Democrat says the comments reek of racism. Rep. Joe Salazar (D) says Hodge killed the bill because he opposed one that she was sponsoring.

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