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Artman's nomination held up by GOP senators


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Several Republican senators are holding up the nomination of Carl Artman to head the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian Country Today reports.

Artman was approved unanimously by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on February 1. But he won't receive a floor vote unless the Senate objections are overcome.

Last year, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) held up the nomination, according to ICT. Jackie Johnson, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, said Republicans were concerned about Artman's dealings with gaming.

Artman worked for his tribe, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, on gaming, land-into-trust and other issues. The tribe is seeking an off-reservation casino in New York.

Get the Story:
Washington in brief: BIA Nominee presses on despite GOP holds [see last item] (Indian Country Today 2/16)

Hearing Webcast/Testimony:
CONFIRMATION HEARING on the President's nomination of Mr. Carl Joseph Artman, to be Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior (February 1, 2007

September 2006 Senate Confirmation Hearing:
Webcast | Carl Artman Testimony

White House News:
Personnel Announcement (August 1, 2006)

Relevant Links:
Oneida Nation - http://www.oneidanation.org
Senate Indian Affairs Committee - http://indian.senate.gov

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