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Rep. Renzi made co-chair of Native American Caucus

WASHINGTON - In one of the organizational meetings that have gone on across Capitol Hill in late January, as Congress works to finalize its committees and caucuses, the Congressional Native American Caucus elected Rep. Rick Renzi as co-chairman.

The three-term Arizona Republican will serve alongside Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Mich. In a press release, Renzi welcomed the opportunity to expand his role in Indian country, ''improving the quality of life for many more first Americans throughout the country.''

Renzi directly represents more Native Americans than any other single member in the House of Representatives. His enormous first district in Arizona is home to several tribes.

The Congressional Native American Caucus includes 103 House members who are committed to protecting tribal sovereignty, increasing tribal funding and supporting positive legislation in Indian health care, housing and economic development.