Oklahoma Reps lash out at colleagues

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Two Oklahoma congressmen are criticizing six colleagues who want a civil rights investigation of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole and Muscogee (Creek) Indian tribes.

Democratic Rep. Dan Boren tells The Oklahoman’s Washington Bureau the request is “an affront to tribal sovereignty.” Republican Rep. Tom Cole calls it “abhorrent and unfair.”

The six want U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether descendants of former tribal slaves – known as freedmen – are being illegally barred from full tribal citizenship.

The six include House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank.

Boren says he and Cole will write their own letter to Holder.

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