Tribes back Dorgan as chair of Indian Affairs panel

Tribal and Indian leaders are welcoming Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota) as the new chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Dorgan will take over the panel in the 110th Congress under Democratic control. He plans to make education, health care and housing his priorities.

That's a shift from gaming and scandal that tribal advocates appreciate. They hope Dorgan will help pass the reauthorization for the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which has been stalled by the Republican congress and the White House.

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