Elena Kagan wraps up confirmation hearings for Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan wrapped up three days of confirmation hearings on Wednesday and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee said they expected her to win confirmation by the Senate.

Kagan began the hearings on Monday. She faced criticism from Republicans over what they said was her lack of a concrete record but even they conceded she has responded well to their questions.

It doesn't appear anyone brought up Indian law during the proceedings. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota), who also sits on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, did not mention tribes during his opening statement and it doesn't appear any of the other members with significant Indian populations in their states discussed tribes either.

Kagan is the former dean at Harvard Law School. During her six years there, she never filled the The Oneida Indian Nation Professorship of Law, which was funded by the Oneida Nation of New York with a $3 million donation.

During the Clinton administration, Kagan worked on domestic policy at the White House from 1997 to 1999. Documents from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum show she was closely involved in tribal tobacco issues.

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