SD Indian Community Losing Supporter in Johnson

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PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) – Members of South Dakota’s American Indian community say they will lose a strong supporter when U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson steps down.
The 66-year-old Democrat announced Tuesday that he will retire next year at the end of his third Senate term. He has been known during his nearly three decades in Congress as an advocate for Native Americans.
Rosebud Sioux tribal member Ralph Eagleman tells KELO-TV that Johnson is “like a member of the family.” State Sen. Jim Bradford of Pine Ridge tells the Rapid City Journal that Johnson’s retirement will be “a real blow to Indian people.”

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