Nomination of Arvo Mikkanen to federal bench is dead for now

The nomination of Arvo Mikkanen, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, to the federal bench, has been returned to the White House.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) and Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) objected to the nomination last year. They said they weren't consulted by the White House.

Mikkanen, a federal prosecutor, would have been the second American Indian currently serving in the federal judiciary if he had been confirmed.

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