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Utah governor says Indian Affairs official was 'insubordinate'

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) says he won't apologize for firing Forrest Cuch, the longtime director of the Division of Indian Affairs.

Herbert says he fired Cuch for being "insubordinate." He claims Cuch, who ran the office for 13 years, tried to cancel the Utah Native American Summit.

“No such thing. That is totally incorrect,” Cuch told The Salt Lake Tribune in response.

Tribal leaders are upset with Cuch's abrupt firing and say Hebert's explanations have been unsatisfactory. They drafted a resolution asking Herbert to apologize to the tribes and to Cuch.

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Guv: Fired Indian Affairs director ‘insubordinate’ (The Salt Lake Tribune 3/25)
Herbert says he won't apologize for dismissing Indian Affairs director (The Deseret News 3/25)

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