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Cherokee Nation wants in on tobacco talks

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JULY 6, 2001

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is asking Attorney General John Ashcroft to include the tribe in settlement talks with big tobacco companies.

The tribe's attorney, Lloyd Benton Miller, says tobacco has disproportionately affected Native Americans. He says the government has a trust responsbility to tribes and must include them in settlement talks.

Following a successful suit initiated by states, the Clinton administration sued a number of tobacco companies for false advertising and other claims. Worried about a weakened case, the Bush administration is seeking to settle the lawsuit.

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Cherokees want to be included in tobacco settlement talks (AP 7/6)

Relevant Links:
The Cherokee Nation http://www.cherokee.org

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