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Indian Affairs nomination hearing held for NM dean
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- University of New Mexico Law School Dean Kevin Washburn says he would work to ensure the federal government meets its obligations to American Indians if confirmed as the Interior Department's assistant secretary for Indian Affairs.
He also says he would support those tribes working toward greater self-governance.
Washburn testified Friday on his nomination before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C.
The committee has received letters of support for Washburn from dozens of tribes.
If the Senate confirms Washburn, his job would be to oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Washburn is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and has been UNM law school dean since June 2009. He also worked as a federal prosecutor and has taught at law schools at the University of Arizona and the University of Minnesota.
Posted: Friday, September 14 2012, 03:59 PM CDT
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Seniors say they'll stay in tornado-ravaged town
May 25, 2013 14:46 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Graduating high schoolers say they don't want to move away from Moore after a tornado devastated a section of their town.
Westmoore High School Senior Alex Davis says staying close is a way to show "that a disaster can't beat us."
And senior Cameron Knight says if he had a choice to live anywhere in the country, he'd still pick his hometown.
Westmoore was the first of three schools to hold commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City suburb was hit by a strong tornado Monday; 24 people died and hundreds were injured.
The Moore School District canceled its school year after the tornado hit the Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools, but wants graduation ceremonies to go on.
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