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The late Sen. John McCain on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee with Sen. Steve Daines, R-Montana, right, who said McCain’s work there benefited Native Americans across the country and not just in Arizona. (Photo/Danika Worthington by 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.