Tribes Press Obama to Appoint Indian Judges

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of California’s politically powerful Indian tribes are pressing the incoming Obama administration to appoint more American Indians to the federal judiciary.

Nearly 900 judges sit on the federal bench throughout the country, but government records show only one claims American Indian ancestry: Frank Howell Seay, a senior district judge in Oklahoma.

In a meeting in Washington last month, tribal leaders urged President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team to elevate more Indians to the federal courts and to move quickly on appointments at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

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