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NCAI hires new governmental affairs director

The National Congress of American Indians has hired Heather Dawn Thompson, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, as its governmental affairs director.

Thompson, a former lawyer/lobbyist at Patton Boggs and former Senate aide, said she hopes to educate members of Congress on basic sovereignty, health care, education and other issues. "The tribes really need a strong voice to represent them on the Hill," she told Judy Sarasohn of The Washington Post.

Thompson most recently worked for Appleseed, a public policy and civil rights group. She also worked for former Sen. Thomas A. Daschle (D-South Dakota) and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and was a volunteer for the 2000 presidential bid of Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).

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Special Interest: American Indian Group Hires New Advocate [see middle of page] (The Washington Post 2/16)

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