A new co-chair for Native American Caucus

There's a new Republican co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus.

Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Arizona) was elected at an organization meeting. He replaces former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Arizona), the longtime tribal advocate who lost his re-election bid.

"I am humbled to be elected co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus," Renzi said in a statement. "During the last four years, I've been honored to represent thousands of Native Americans in the House of Representatives, and now I'm pleased to play an even greater role in improving the quality of life for many more First Americans throughout the country."

Renzi will serve alongside Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan), who is the Democratic co-chairman. The caucus has 103 members of both parties.

Renzi's district in Arizona includes parts of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Reservation and some Apache reservations.

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Rep. Renzi made co-chair of Native American Caucus (Indian Country Today 1/26)

Relevant Links:
Rep. Rick Renzi - http://www.house.gov/renzi

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