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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder tells reporters in St. Paul on Thursday about efforts the Obama administration is making to work with the nation's American Indian tribes. Tribune photo by Don Davis

Indian country says it's happy with Obama efforts


ST. PAUL -- Relations between American Indian tribes and the federal government have turned around significantly since Barack Obama became the president, tribal leaders remarked Thursday after a two-day St. Paul conference.

"A breath of fresh air," Judge Theresa Pauley of the Colville Confederated Tribes in Washington state said about the Obama administration's pledge to work closer with American Indians and fulfill federal promises.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.