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Indian lawmaker finds racism alive in Washington

John McCoy, a member of the Tulalip Tribes and a Democrat in the State House, said racism is still strong in Washington.

McCoy said politically active people in his 38th district will fill their yards with signs for Democratic candidates -- but none for him. "You have to get thick-skinned because racism is alive and well in this state," he said at a forum at the Daybreak Star Center, he Magnolia News reported.

Despite the hurdles, McCoy said he's been able to educate fellow House members on tribal issues. But he said he's not been successful with the Senate, a situation that could change if Claudia Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe who is leading in her bid to join the Legislature.

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Taking measure: Forum examines political impact of American Indians (The Magnolia News 11/9)

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