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National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel in the annual State of the Nations address Monday renewed calls for a more-direct government-to-government relationship between federal and tribal governments. (Photo by Kyley Schultz/Cronkite News)

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Tribal leaders call on Washington to respect Native sovereignty

The federal tax overhaul passed in December is completely unacceptable to Native Americans, just another example of what can happen when tribes are not included in federal decision-making, a tribal leader said Feb. 12.