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Oglala Sioux man faces tough race for U.S. House

Bruce Whalen, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, faces a tough road ahead as he seeks to unseat Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D).

Whalen has the support of the state Republican party but he is not as well known as Herseth. He hasn't raised nearly as much money as Herseth, who has more than $1 million.

Whalen is mostly known in tribal circles. But among reservation voters, most supported Herseth in the 2004 election.

If elected, Whalen wouldn't be the first South Dakota Indian in the U.S. House. The late Ben Reifel, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, served from 1961 to 1971.

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Candidates face tough road (AP 5/29)

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