Johnson bill fails to get full support of Bush administration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ? The Bush administration is not being entirely supportive of legislation introduced by a South Dakota senator to improve and expand small business development on remote reservations.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported today that a bill sponsored by Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., that would create an Office of Native American Affairs at the Small Business Administration (SBA), had received a "lukewarm" reception from the Bush administration. Officials from the SBA said American Indians are already taking advantage of existing minority business programs and the new bill would create a duplication of effort.

Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R - Colo., told the Review-Journal that the SBA could better serve American Indians by better supporting and funding existing information centers in Indian country.