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Old law barring Indians from Boston repealed

The Massachusetts Legislature voted on Thursday to repeal a 330-year-old law that bars Native Americans from entering the city of Boston unless accompanied by "musketeers."

Boston Mayor Tom Menino and tribal leaders called for the repeal last year. But state lawmakers didn't act until the UNITY minority journalists organization said it wouldn't consider holding its 2008 convention in the city if the law remained in place.

The 1675 Indian Imprisonment Act was passed during King Philip's War.

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