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Members of the San Carlos Apache tribe came to Washington to protest in 2015 after Sen. John McCain helped arrange a deal that traded Oak Flat – land tribe members said was sacred – and other lands to clear the way for a southeast Arizona copper mine. (Photo/Jamie Cochran, 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.