Friday, May 15, 2009

Sen. Tom Coburn Opposes Echohawk for Indian Affairs

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, did not attend the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meeting, but the panel’s top Republican announced Coburn wanted to be recorded as a "no” vote.

Coburn’s office did not respond to a request for a comment for this story.

EchoHawk is a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. He was born in Wyoming and moved to New Mexico. During his confirmation hearing last week, EchoHawk generated concern from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., over the issue of Indian gaming.

McCain told EchoHawk his answers to questions on the National Indian Gaming Commission and off-reservation gaming were not sufficient. Since that hearing, EchoHawk submitted additional answers to the committee.

McCain also did not attend Thursday’s meeting, but instead submitted a statement in which he expressed disappointment in what he described as the nominee’s "less-than-candid answers.”
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