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Dorgan is vice-chair of Indian Affairs Committee

Spirit Lake Tribal Chairman Valetino White congratulated Sen. Byron Dorgan on his new leadership position and said, "without his support, it would be a long journey on the hill in Washington for Spirit Lake and other tribes." Seated are Dorgan and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Chairman Ken Davis. Photo Courtesy United Tribes Technical College.

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) is the new vice-chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Dorgan has served 12 years on the panel. He replaces Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) as the top Democrat. North Dakota tribal leaders welcomed the selection.

Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) is the new chairman. He plans to continue the investigation into two Washington insiders accused of bilking six tribes out of more than $66 million.

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