O'odham citizenship bill pushed
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JUNE 29, 2001

Supported by a bill introduced by Rep. Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona is continuing its fight to gain American citizenship for all tribal members.

The bill would benefit members who live in Mexico and are supposed to be allowed free passage through the US border by showing tribal identification cards. US Border Patrol crackdowns have made it harder for them to cross, they say.

The bill would also benefit members born in the United States who don't have papers to prove citizenship.

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Bill gives Tohono O'odham tribe hope for citizenship (Gannett News Service 6/29)
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Get the Bill:
To clarify the citizenship eligibility for certain members of the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, and for other purposes (H.R.1502)

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