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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye called his relationship with Sen. John McCain as a warm one, but with icy spots. “We’re friends, at the same time, we’re both advocating for our people,” Begaye said recently. (Photo/Arren Kimbel-Sannit, Cronkite News)

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Despite rough patches, officials recall McCain’s service to Native Americans

Mention the late Sen. John McCain and images of a war hero or a presidential candidate come to mind — but for far longer than he spent in those roles, McCain was a friend, and sometimes irritant, to Indian Country.