One Nation United gets hearing in Senate

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WASHINGTON – One Nation United’s announcement of Nov. 13 and 14 meetings in Washington tripped early warning alarms in Indian country with word that Joseph Matal, top staff to Sen. Jon Kyl, the Arizona Republican, plans to address the group.

The Gallup Independent newspaper followed up the alarms and learned from the Democratic Party of Arizona that staff for Kyl, for fellow Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, and for Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the Senate majority leader, all met with One Nation United representatives last summer, as Republican opposition to a bill that would have led to federal recognition of Native Hawaiians coalesced. The bill stalled on procedural votes.

One Nation United is widely regarded in Indian country as an anti-Indian group. Kyl is in an unexpectedly close race to retain his seat in the Senate.